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William James Glackens Wall Art

William James Glackens (March 13, 1870 – May 22, 1938) was an American realist painter and one of the founders of the Ashcan School of American art. He is also known for his work in helping Albert C. Barnes to acquire the European paintings that form the nucleus of the famed Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. His dark-hued, vibrantly painted street scenes and depictions of daily life in pre-WW I New York and Paris first established his reputation as a major artist. His later work was brighter in tone and showed the strong influence of Renoir. During much of his career as a painter, Glackens also worked as an illustrator for newspapers and magazines in Philadelphia and New York City. Glackens was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where his family had lived for many generations. William had two siblings: an older sister, Ada, and an older brother, cartoonist and illustrator Louis Glackens. He graduated from the prestigious Central High School in 1890. Throughout his school years, he showed a great interest in and aptitude for drawing and drafting. After graduation, Glackens became an artist-reporter for The Philadelphia Record. In 1892, he left that newspaper and began illustrating for the Philadelphia Press. He enrolled in evening classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, studying under the renowned realist Thomas Anshutz. Glackens was not a steady pupil, as art critic Forbes Watson would observe in 1923: "So much impression did the various instructors make upon him that today he can hardly remember who taught there when he was a pupil." John Sloan also attended the Academy, and he introduced Glackens to Robert Henri, a talented painter and charismatic figure in Philadelphia art circles. Henri played host to regular artists' gatherings at his studio, occasions to socialize, drink, sketch, talk about art, and give artistic criticism of one another's work. Henri urged the young men he brought together to read Whitman and Emerson, William Morris Hunt's Talks on Art and George Moore's Modern Painting, and to think about the need to create a vigorous new American art that spoke to their time and experience. These gatherings were the inspirational beginning of what became known as the Ashcan school of American art, a style that rejected the formality and gentility of 19th-century academic art and looked to working-class and middle-class metropolitan life for its material. In 1895, Glackens traveled to Europe with several fellow painters, including Henri, to paint and to immerse himself in European art. He first visited Holland where he studied the Dutch masters. He then moved to Paris, where he rented a studio for a year with Henri and enjoyed his first exposure to the art of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. (For both men, "Manet became an idol.") Such a trip was common for artists of the time who wished to establish themselves in an American art world still looked upon as provincial by those artists and art lovers with a deeper experience of the Old Masters and the new art movements. While in Paris, Glackens painted independently, but did not attend any classes. Later in life, a confirmed Francophile, Glackens returned periodically to paint in Paris and the south of France.

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Parade Print by William James Glackens

Parade

William James Glackens

$22

Sledding Print by William James Glackens

Sledding

William James Glackens

$22

Beach Side Print by William James Glackens

Beach side

William James Glackens

$22

Poppies, Lilies And Blue Flowers Print by William James Glackens

Poppies, Lilies and Blue Flowers

William James Glackens

$22

East Point, Gloucester Print by William James Glackens

East Point, Gloucester

William James Glackens

$22

Roses And Perimmons Print by William James Glackens

Roses and Perimmons

William James Glackens

$22

Dancer In Blue Print by William James Glackens

Dancer in blue

William James Glackens

$22

Umbrellas Print by William James Glackens

Umbrellas

William James Glackens

$17

1911 For The Championship Of The Backlot League Print by William James Glackens

1911 For the Championship of the Backlot League

William James Glackens

$17

Under The Trees Print by William James Glackens

Under the Trees

William James Glackens

$17

Fruit Stand, Coney Island Print by William James Glackens

Fruit Stand, Coney Island

William James Glackens

$17

Connecticut Landscape Print by William James Glackens

Connecticut landscape

William James Glackens

$17

Garden In Hartford Print by William James Glackens

Garden in Hartford

William James Glackens

$17

From Under Willows Print by William James Glackens

From Under Willows

William James Glackens

$17

Cafe Lafayette Print by William James Glackens

Cafe Lafayette

William James Glackens

$17

The Swing Print by William James Glackens

The Swing

William James Glackens

$17

Italo-american Celebration, Washington Square Print by William James Glackens

Italo-American Celebration, Washington Square

William James Glackens

$17

Merry Christmas Print by William James Glackens

Merry Christmas

William James Glackens

$17

Central Park In Winter Print by William James Glackens

Central Park in Winter

William James Glackens

$17

Girl Roller-skating, Washington Square Print by William James Glackens

Girl Roller-Skating, Washington Square

William James Glackens

$17

A Stroll In The Park Print by William James Glackens

A Stroll in the Park

William James Glackens

$17

Young Woman In Green Print by William James Glackens

Young Woman in Green

William James Glackens

$17

Beach Scene, New London Print by William James Glackens

Beach Scene, New London

William James Glackens

$17

The Bandstand Print by William James Glackens

The Bandstand

William James Glackens

$17

The Hammock Print by William James Glackens

The Hammock

William James Glackens

$17

Breakfast Porch Print by William James Glackens

Breakfast Porch

William James Glackens

$17

Soda Fountain Print by William James Glackens

Soda Fountain

William James Glackens

$17

 

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