George Bellows, Stag at Sharkey’s (1909), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection © The Cleveland Museum of Art; image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mr. Bellows with his palette and brush and a piece of canvas . . . evokes it all out of the inner intuition which is deeper and finer than all the schools and all the slums.

—Theodore Dreiser

I arose surrounded by Methodists and Republicans.
—George Bellows

Edmund Wilson, even in his early Marxist phase, was a keen ...