LONDON (AP) — Britain's National Gallery has bought an American painting — described as the first major work by a U.S. artist ever added to the collection.
The National Gallery purchased "Men of the Docks," a 1912 work by George Bellows from Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia, for $25.5 million. The gallery says it already has a less important U.S. work, but it is rarely displayed.
Bellows, born in Columbus, Ohio in 1882, moved to New York and joined a group of young artists who were depicting the rapidly growing metropolis in all its grimy energy. The acquisition marks a departure for the gallery as it seeks to represent paintings in the Western European tradition, not just those made by artists working in Western Europe.