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George Bellows
North River
1908
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
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THE BEST "ART 101"
by Thomas Hoving



Ever since I dropped a pencil in the art survey course of western art during my freshman year and missed 500 years, Iíve wanted to rip apart Art 101. Instead of those unmemorable thousands of works Iíd pick only the indelible masterpieces. Iíd do one lecture, not the dozen or so. Iíd choose the hot images that never go out of fashion. The pieces that changed my life forever. Those works in which I see something new every time I look at them and which get better and better each time I see them. The ones I have to visit to keep me alive.

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