Lady Jean Artist: George Wesley Bellows (American, 1882–1925)


American Paintings and Sculpture

Not on view

Although nine-year-old Jean Bellows’s determined expression suggests otherwise, she fondly remembered posing for her father, George Bellows, on a hot July day at the family’s summer home in Woodstock, New York. Bellows amused her by playing Victrola records and reading Black Beauty. "Posing for ‘Lady Jean’ was quite easy," she later wrote. "It took him only five days to complete. When I became weary of standing, he would let me sit, and he paid me regular model’s wages for my time." As the study for the work (1999.80.1) shows, Bellows based the composition on the newly popular theory of Dynamic Symmetry, an intricate geometrical system of interlocking angles and planes, derived from an ancient theory of design that was attracting a number of avant-garde American artists and architects.


Oil on canvas


72 × 36 in. (182.9 × 91.4 cm)

Credit Line

Bequest of Stephen Carlton Clark, B.A. 1903

Accession Number



20th century


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George Wesley Bellows (1882–1925), New York, 1924–25; by inheritance to Emma S. Bellows (1884–1959), New York, 1925; sold to Frank K. M. Rehn Gallery, New York; sold to Stephen Carlton Clark (1882–1960), New York; bequeathed to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1961
  • Charles Brock, George Bellows, exh. cat. (Munich: National Gallery of Art, 2012), 290, fig. 145
  • Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2007), 370, fig. 1
  • Michael Conforti et al., The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings, exh. cat. (Williamstown, Mass.: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 2006), 138–39, 316, 318, fig. 116
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Additional information

Object/Work type

human figures (visual works), portraits


clothing girls


Signed lower right "Geo. Bellows"

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