George Bell (painter)

George Bell (painter)

George Bell (December 1, 1878 in Melbourne – October 23, 1966) in Melbourne) was a famous Australian painter.

He studied at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School from 1895-1903.Australian Dictionary of Biography |last= Williams|first= Fred|authorlink = Fred Williams| year= 1979 |id= A070251b |title= Bell, George Frederick Henry (1878 - 1966) |accessdate= 2008-07-10] and continued his studies in Paris and London in the early 1900s.

During World War I he worked first as a teacher and then in a munitions factory. From October 1918 to the end of 1919 he was an official war artist to the 4th Division of the Australian Imperial Force. His major war painting concerning the Battle of Hamel: "Dawn at Hamel 4th July 1918", was completed in Australia in 1921 and now hangs in the Australian War Memorial. [cite web|url =| title = AWM Collection Record: ART03590: "Dawn at Hamel, 4 July 1918"|publisher= Australian War Memorial| year = 2008| accessdate = 2008-07-10 ]

The Ballarat Fine Art Gallery collection includes his work entitled "The Conversation". One of his early formal paintings, "The Conversation" was painted when he was overseas and was first exhibited at the Modern Society of Portrait Painters in 1911. [cite web|url =| title = Bell, George|publisher = Ballarat Fine Art Gallery|accessdate = 2008-07-10]

He opened an art school in Melbourne during the early 1930s.


External links

*Australian Dictionary of Biography |last= Williams|first= Fred|authorlink = Fred Williams| year= 1979 |id= A070251b |title= Bell, George Frederick Henry (1878 - 1966) |accessdate= 2008-07-10
* [ Ballarat Fine art Callery - The Conversation 1910.]

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