George Bellows, 1919 - Emma in the Purple Dress - fine art print

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Emma in the Purple Dress is a painting created by George Bellows in 1919. The original version was painted with the following size 40 x 32 in (101,6 x 81,28 cm) and was painted with oil on panel. Today, the artpiece is in the the digital collection of Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This modern art public domain artwork is being provided - courtesy of Los Angeles County Museum of Art ( . What is more, the alignment of the digital reproduction is in portrait format and has a ratio of 1 : 1.2, which means that the length is 20% shorter than the width.

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Many artists are fond of painting their family members. There are several reasons for this. Spouses, children, and other relatives tend to be close at hand and consequently often available, and they pose for free. In the case of spouses, often there is also a romantic interest that strengthens the bond between sitter and painter. That may have been the case with the early-twentieth-century American realist George Bellows, who painted his wife numerous times throughout their marriage. In fact, it was Bellows’s depiction of his wife, Emma, in the summer of 1919 that led him to focus increasingly on portraiture. In 2007, the Margaret and Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation generously gave LACMA George Bellows’s Emma in the Purple Dress, the first of several large-scale, single-figure compositions that the artist painted of his wife. The painting was inspired by a typical wifely action that resulted in a not so typical husbandly response. Emma arrived home from a shopping spree excited about showing George her new purchase, a beautiful bolt of silk that she intended to sew into a skirt to match one of her favorite blouses. George was so impressed by the vivacity of the resulting ensemble that, after the skirt was finished, he quickly painted his wife wearing the new outfit. Evidence that it was a shared enthusiasm is seen in a photograph of Emma (Bellows Papers, Amherst College) holding out her skirt, pleased to be all decked out in the elaborately shirred and ruffled outfit. While Emma’s mood in the photograph is lighthearted, the creation of a large canvas inspired a more somber mood. Emma is quiet and composed. But her happiness as well as George’s relish in painting her is clearly expressed through the exuberant brushwork and the sheen of the fabric. Years after the painting was created, Emma noted that she did “not know why he [George] called it Emma in the Purple Dress, since the skirt was rose-colored and the jacket blue.” Historians have suggested that Bellows changed the hues as a matter of artistic license. While that is also true, Bellows’s ultimate choice of colors may have resulted from the artist’s relationship with Hardesty Maratta, a paint supplier who also dabbled in color theory. Robert Henri, John Sloan, and other New York colleagues of Bellows avidly experimented with Maratta’s ideas, especially his use of triads of complementary colors, chosen like notes of a musical scale, to establish a particular harmony and mood. Maratta’s specially prepared paints encouraged a rich palette such as that seen in Emma in the Purple Dress. Emma in the Purple Dress points to a new direction in Bellows’s art. His formal portraits of the 1920s reveal a new seriousness with their balanced and severely geometrical compositions and dramatic dark backgrounds, a seriousness that relates to the art of Thomas Eakins, whose 1917 retrospective at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art greatly impressed Bellows. Like Eakins, Bellows began to focus more on the character and inner life of his sitters. The quiet intensity of Emma suggests a poignancy and a sense of the heroic and tragic. It is this mood that enabled Bellows to depart from the contemporaneity of a photograph and his earlier genre paintings to create timeless images such as Emma in the Purple Dress.

Background information about the original piece of art

Painting title: "Emma in the Purple Dress"
Categorization of the artwork: painting
Art classification: modern art
Temporal classification: 20th century
Artpiece year: 1919
Age of artwork: 100 years old
Painted on: oil on panel
Original size (artwork): 40 x 32 in (101,6 x 81,28 cm)
Museum: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Location of the museum: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Website: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Artwork license: public domain
Courtesy of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (

The artist

Artist: George Bellows
Also known as: בלאוס ג'ורג', George Bellows, Bellows George, geo. bellows, Bellows, Bellows George Wesley, George Wesley Bellows, geo bellows, Bellouz Dzhorzh
Gender: male
Artist nationality: American
Professions: painter, lithographer
Country: United States
Classification of the artist: modern artist
Died aged: 43 years
Born: 1882
Year died: 1925

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We offer a range of different sizes and materials for every product. The following options are available for individualization:

  • Metal print (aluminium dibond): An Aluminium Dibond print is a print material with a true effect of depth. A direct Direct Print on Aluminum Dibond is your best start to fine prints on aluminum.
  • Canvas: A UV printed canvas applied on a wooden stretcher frame. Hanging your canvas print: Canvas Prints have the advantage of being low in weight, meaning that it is quite simple to hang up your Canvas print without the help of extra wall-mounts. Canvas prints are suited for any kind of wall.
  • Printed poster (canvas material): The poster is a UV printed flat canvas paper with a slightly roughened texture on the surface. The print poster is used for framing your art print with the help of a custom frame. Please keep in mind, that depending on the absolute size of the poster print we add a white margin 2-6cm around the artwork to facilitate the framing.
  • Print on acrylic glass: The print on acrylic glass, which is often labelled as a UV print on plexiglass, will convert the original artwork into amazing décor.

Structured product details

Product type: fine art reproduction
Reproduction: digital reproduction
Manufaturing technique: UV direct printing (digital print)
Production: German-made
Type of stock: on demand
Intended product use: wall gallery, wall décor
Orientation of the image: portrait format
Aspect ratio: (length : width) 1 : 1.2
Side ratio interpretation: the length is 20% shorter than the width
Product material variants: poster print (canvas paper), canvas print, metal print (aluminium dibond), acrylic glass print (with real glass coating)
Canvas on stretcher frame (canvas print) size options: 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47"
Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating) size variants: 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47"
Poster print (canvas paper) variants: 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47"
Aluminium dibond print options: 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47"
Art print framing: without frame

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