Dempsey and Firpo

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Dempsey and Firpo (sometimes referred to as Dempsey Through The Ropes[1]) is a 1923-1924 oil canvas painting by George Bellows, depicting the September 14, 1923 boxing match between Jack Dempsey and Luis Firpo. As time passed by it has become Bellows' most famous painting.[2] The work has been in the collection of the Whitney Museum of Art since the museum's opening in 1931.[3]

The painting[edit]

The painting depicts the dramatic moment when Firpo knocked Dempsey out of the ring, despite the fact that Dempsey was the eventual winner that night. Bellows gave himself a cameo as the balding man at the extreme left of the picture.[4] The work is painting in the style of the Ashcan School movement.

In popular culture[edit]

The painting is referenced in The Simpsons episode "The Homer They Fall" during a montage of Homer Simpson winning boxing matches, where he and Moe Syzlak taking the poses of respectively Firpo and the referee.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fights, Ny (2019-02-01). "Jab Hook's Boxing in Art: "Dempsey Through The Ropes" by George Bellows". NY FIGHTS. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  2. ^ Roberts, Randy (2003). Jack Dempsey: The Manassa Mauler. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 9780252071485.
  3. ^ Barra, Allen (2012-04-24). "'Dempsey and Firpo': The Greatest American Sports Painting". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  4. ^ "Dempsey and Firpo". Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  5. ^ "The 'Simpsons' Guide to Art History". Flavorwire. 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2019-05-09.

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