Artists’ Evening (At Petitpas’)
George Bellows (1882-1925), Artists’ Evening (At Petitpas’), lithograph, 1916, signed in pencil lower right, titled lower center, numbered 61 lower left. Reference: Mason 19, from the edition of 65. Printed on tissue-thin cream Japan paper, with wide margins. In good condition (some handling folds, very wide margins especially at left and right, with folds at sides); 8 3/4 x 12 1/4, the sheet 11 3/4 x 21 5/8 inches.
A very fine impression.
Mason notes: The elderly gentleman with the white beard is John Butler Yeats. Robert Henri argues earnestly with him while George Bellow, standing between them, listens. Emma [Bellows’s wife] stylish in a black hat, faces the viewer from the center. Marjorie Henri, in the background, sits at a table, drawing.
Petipas was a French restaurant on West 29th Street, New York City. Emma Bellows wrote: “Here artists and writers liked to gather at the table of the old Irish portraitist John Butler Yeats, father of William B. Yeats, the poet, and Jack Yeats, Dublin artist. Mr. Yeats, although well on in the seventies, was a delightful conversationalist, a wit and a great lover of beauty. There was always the spirit of youth about his table.”