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|The Germans Arrive|
The realist painter George Bellows (1882–1925) created two of the most famous boxing paintings of American art, Stag Night at Sharkey's and Dempsey and Firpo. Apparently though, despite his familiarity with physical violence, something snapped when Bellows heard the partly true, but sometimes exaggerated, accounts of German atrocities in Belgium. He appears to have decided that German policy was to trample on the Queensberry rules, the Geneva Convention, and common decency.
|Massacre at Dinant|
He produced a series of paintings which are, possibly, grimmer than anything turned out by the various propaganda ministries during the war. The image above of brutal German soldiers removing both of the young man's hands in the company of swooning ladies and another recently deceased fellow citizen is one of the less ghoulish works in the series.
To see more examples and learn more about Bellows and his grievances, visit the excellent blog My Daily Art Display