William Glackens


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William Glackens
by Avis Berman
Contributions by Avis Berman, Elizabeth Thompson Colleary, Heather Campbell Coyle, Judith F. Dolkart, Alicia G. Longwell, Martha Lucy, Patricia Mears, Carol Troyen, and Emily C. Wood
This revelatory new monograph provides a richly illustrated and comprehensive introduction to William Glackens (1870-1938), an early champion of modernist painting in America and one of its most talented exponents.  A founder of the Ashcan School along with painters Robert Henri and John Sloan, Glackens introduced modern art to the United States through his collaboration with the collector Albert C. Barnes and role in the organization of such landmark exhibitions of American and European avant-garde art as the epochal Armory Show of 1913.
After studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Glackens became one of the most sought after artist-reporters, working at several Philadelphia and New York newspapers.  Fascinated by the urban spectacle of turn-of-the-century New York, he chronicled its diverse populations, from Central Park to the Lower East Side, and the worlds of vaudeville, commerce, and fashion, making him a pioneering figure in the depiction of modern life.  While he nimbly captured the bustling activity of the street and the leisure pursuits of the seaside, the artist also explored the aesthetic possibilities of pure painting.
The finest examples of his works over a fifty-year career, including paintings previously unknown to the general public, are reproduced here-from intimate nudes, portraits, and figure studies, to vivid still lifes, vibrant street scenes, and bright landscapes in which he captured people and their surroundings with matchless spontaneity and spirit.  William Glackens reveals the artist''s mastery of color and passion for travel, with works painted on the east coast of North America - Cape Cod, Connecticut, Long Island, New Hampshire, and Nova Scotia - and in France and Spain.
In this new, long-awaited publication, accompanying the first major exhibition in fifty years of the work of William Glackens, thematic essays by important scholars examine many facets of this artist: his early years in Philadelphia; his relationship with French painting; his social observation and interest in fashion and costume; his work as a draftsman and illustrator; his depictions of women, urban crowds, landscapes, seascapes, and still lifes; and his role as a tastemaker and art advocate.  Also included are a chronology bibliography, exhibition history, and index.


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