Tennis (Tennis Tournament). c. 1921. Lithograph. Mason 71. 18 3/8 x 20 (sheet 20 x 21 3/8 ). Edition probably 63. A rich impression printed on chine appliqué mounted on plate paper, as issued. This is a fine lifetime impression. Signed, annotated 'imp' and numbered '6' in pencil by the printer, Bolton Brown; signed and titled in pencil by the artist. Housed in a reproduction period gold leaf frame (29 x 32 1/2).
During the early winter months of 1920, George Bellows worked on drawing and printing lithographs on the top floor of his townhouse. In other years, he would produce literally dozens of different prints in his workshop, but in this year he completed only two: Tennis and The Tournament. Both lithographs are fresh and successful attempts at resolving the issues of perspective that hampered the earlier efforts in the oil paintings. Furthermore, the artist maintains a sense of action in the two works. While Tennis relies upon the players for motion, Bellows cleverly instills movement in The Tournament through the subtle bending, twisting and turning of the spectators in the foreground. Truly, they make the second composition livelier than the first.
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