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The Pool Player

Accession Number
2013/2.265

Title
The Pool Player

Artist(s)
George Wesley Bellows

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1921

Medium & Support
lithograph on paper

Dimensions
11 in x 6 in (27.94 cm x 15.24 cm)

Credit Line
Dr. Herbert & Doris Sloan

Subject matter
In The Pool Player  a man is lining up a shot at the pool table with his cue. Another man sits casually behind him and another player is standing to his right. George Wesley Bellows played pool and often incorporated his friends and leisure time into his prints. The man standing to the right of the figure playing pool is possibly Robert Henri, a good friend and teacher of Bellows, and Bellows could be the seated man in the background. The two played at the National Arts Club and the Players' Club in New York City.

Physical Description
In a dim lit interior space, a man with a pool cue in hand shoots a ball on a pool table. Two men observe, one seated in the background and the other standing adjacent to the pool player.  The figures sport bow ties, dress shirts, and vests.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Primary Object Type
planographic print

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
American (North American)
billiards
men (male humans)
pool tables

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