The hot summer weather has me thinking about paintings of cool water. Two of my favorites are in hanging in Gallery 15 waiting for the return of our visitors in July: George Bellows’
, 1914, and George Luks’
Trout Fishing, "The Screecher," Lake Rossignol, Nova Scotia
, 1919. These water scenes are the products of New York artists setting out to escape the stickiness of summer in the city by heading to the coast. I love their painterly energy. Both are thickly painted. When I really look at these pictures, I can imagine them being made with loaded brushes and palette knives—the wet paint quickly creating the water and rocks on the artists’ canvases.
Bellows' bold color and slashing brushwork convey the power of the ocean crashing on the rocks. If you look closely, you’ll locate two women in full-length dresses—one nearly a blue triangle with a slash of white for her hat, the other in white that blends into the seaspray—walking on the rocks. Bellows spent summers among artists at resorts including Monhegan Island, Maine, which is the setting for this painting.