Art: Painter & Wife

When he was not painting grim ringside views of prizefighters at work, Artist George Bellows liked nothing better than to paint pleasant pictures of his pretty wife Emma. Bellows painted six of them in 15 years, and all but two were sold. Last week Emma Bellows was offering her favorite for sale at a small Manhattan showing of her husband's works.

As one of Bellows' best, Emma in a Purple Dress ranks high among U.S. portraits. Scanning his wife's trim ankles, high-piled dark hair and tapering fingers with an appreciative, penetrating eye, Bellows managed to give her face and figure the elegance...

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