Steaming Streets by George Bellows (1882 - 1925)
Whenever I observe paintings now, I can't seem to help put myself in the "Time" when the painting was conceived. After grasping the culture and historical context of that setting, I sometimes get even deeper and analyze the author's disposition and possible experience. This painting gives me a sense of rush and immediacy, as if the mind is corrupted by dark and poisoned thoughts and it would be a shame disrupting its habit. A kind of frigthening idea, but the contrast of the painting gives me that and so does the populace of the color black.