Men of the Docks

Bellows arrived in New York in 1904 where he found rich subject matter in the lives of poor workers in the booming metropolis. Here, day labourers await jobs on the docks of Brooklyn on a grey winter morning. The towers of Lower Manhattan rise in the distance.

Key facts

Artist dates
1882 - 1925
Full title
Men of the Docks
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
114.3 × 161.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought with a grant from the American Friends of the National Gallery, made possible by Sir Paul Getty’s fund, and by a donation from Mark Getty KBE, 2014
Inventory number
Location in Gallery