Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Week Twenty: Boxing

This week's topic will be Boxing, a favorite among certain members of the Tasker House. Popularized in film in music, the sweet science tells a truly American story of struggle, sacrifice, and determination that is manifest in very few.

The painting above is a piece by George Bellows depicting one of the most famous bouts in boxing history, Jack Dempsey VS Luis Firpo. Despite being literally knocked out of the ring by the transcendent Argentinian, Dempsey recovered, returned to the canvas at the count of nine and came back to win the fight. Bellows seems to have been a boxing enthusiast and frequently used the sport as the subject of his paintings.

Until next Tuesday, keep fighting the good fight.

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