ARTISTS AND SPORTS

A happy blending of two worlds creates an outstanding art exhibition
December 05, 1955

Sport, the great common denominator, has long affected the lives and works of men. Emperors have enjoyed the companionship of their huntsmen in the chase, and intellectuals have found in competitive events a common language with the man in the street. In fine arts, too, the pursuit of sport has served as a blending agent of creative imagination and popular appeal, and with this premise SI has assembled, in cooperation with the American Federation of Arts, a SPORT IN ART collection of top-rank works that will be exhibited in museums throughout the country during this coming Olympic year. On these pages are selections from the show, which is now at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The 102 paintings, drawings, and prints in the exhibit range from a Goya etching to semi-abstractions of today. In subject they range from highly organized sports like boxing to the completely relaxed pastime of fishing. Many of the artists have themselves been men of action. Vlaminck (opposite page) was once a professional bicycle racer, the late George Bellows was a semipro baseball player, Goya was once a bullfighter's assistant. Common to them all is love of sports, the inspiration which impelled each, in his own fashion, to creation.

ILLUSTRATIONPERLS GALLERY, NEW YORK"CHATOU LA NUIT" BY MAURICE VLAMINCK, FRENCH CONTEMPORARY PAINTER ILLUSTRATIONGARBISCH COLLECTION, NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WASHINGTON, D.C."BARE KNUCKLES" BY GEORGE A. HAYES. 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN PRIMITIVE ILLUSTRATIONBEN SHAHN"NATIONAL PASTIME" BY BEN SHAHN
ILLUSTRATION"SWINGING" BY LEONA PIERCE ILLUSTRATIONGEORGE BELLOWS"SPLINTER BEACH" BY GEORGE BELLOWS ILLUSTRATIONHONORE DAUMIER"LES BAIGNEUSES" BY HONORE DAUMIER
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)