The Columbus Museum of Art is currently showing a spectacular exhibit of the works of George Bellows. A Columbus native (he grew up on E. Rich Street downtown,) and attendee of the Ohio State University, Bellows took the art world by storm at the turn of the last century, breaking free from the bucolic subject matter of impressionism into gritty scenes. His best-known works are paintings of underground boxing clubs, and those are represented well.
For me, the more interesting story is told through Bellows’ portraiture. Though Bellows was known for a specific style, each portrait is painted in a slightly different, very thoughtful way, which gives you insight into the personality of his subjects. The Columbus Museum of Art has the world's largest collection of Bellows' work.