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William Glackens

by Gerdts, William H.

Format: Print Book 1996
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Closed Reference (Please ask for assistance) rq N 6537 .G485 G47 1996
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Closed Reference (Please ask for assistance)
Call Number  rq N 6537 .G485 G47 1996
William Glackens was one of the most influential American painters in the first decades of the twentieth century. From his beginnings as a witty magazine artist-illustrator in Philadelphia and New York to his participation in the forward-thinking group of artists dubbed The Eight, Glackens was a perceptive interpreter of his surroundings.
Glackens, one of the most versatile and popular artists of his time, assimilated the lighthearted modern French themes of spirited caf├ęs and bustling parks and resorts in such canvases as Chez Mouquin (1905) and Sledding, Central Park (1912). An admirer of the more traditional figure painting of the Impressionist Renoir, his name also became closely linked to the modern artists who exhibited their works at the famous Armory Show of 1913, which Glackens helped organize.
This important study, the first major monograph on Glackens, includes an insightful essay by Dr. William Gerdts and a complete catalog, introduced by curator Jorge Santis, describing the incomparable holdings of the Glackens Collection of the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. With a chronology, bibliography, and index, this profusely illustrated volume is sure to become the standard reference on Glackens for historians and collectors of twentieth-century art.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Glackens (1870-1938) was a popular painter during his lifetime, but he has never before been accorded the scholarly attention Gerdts, author of Art across America (1990) pays him here in this well-illustrated volume. Glackens began his professional life as an illustrator, publishing more than 1,000 drawings before he moved on to painting and into a circle of mutually inspiring and influential friends, including Robert Henri, George Luks, and John Sloan. Glackens' favorite subjects were people at play on beaches and in parks, or at night, in fashionable nightclubs. This penchant for sporting crowds reflected his love for French painting, but his compositions possess a distinctly American spirit, a youthfulness and candor. And it's interesting to watch Glackens' palette brighten over the course of his life: he went from a preference for green and black to a love of much rosier tones, a progression indicative of the joy he took in life and in art. (Reviewed Sept. 1, 1996)1558598685Donna Seaman"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Glackens (1870-1938) was a leading American impressionist, a great realist figurative painter and a witty chronicler of urban life; all these aspects of his work are on full display in this vibrantly illustrated study. It catalogues the amazing Glackens Collection of the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, to which Ira Glackens, the artist's son, bequeathed more than 400 of his father's artworks in 1990. The Philadelphia-born painter's mainstream impressionist pictures, made under the influence of Renoir beginning around 1910, look sensuous yet stilted. Much more convincing are his gritty Paris street scenes (1895-1896) and the poetic, magical renditions of ephemeral urban and suburban pleasures made in and around New York City. In his engaging essay, City University of New York art history professor Gerdts, an authority on American impressionism, shows how Glackens's embrace of the incisive Ashcan school realism of The Eight, a group that also included John Sloan and Maurice Prendergast, flowed from his experience as a freelance illustrator and artist-reporter. Santis, the museum's curator, provides selective commentary on individual works. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Glackens, William J., -- 1870-1938.
Glackens, William J., -- 1870-1938 -- Catalogs.
Glackens, Ira, -- 1907-1990 -- Art collections -- Catalogs.
Museum of Art (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) -- Catalogs.
Artists -- United States -- Biography.
Art -- Florida -- Fort Lauderdale -- Catalogs.
Publisher Fort Lauderdale, Fla. : New York :Museum of Art ;1996
Abbeville Press,
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Santis, Jorge H.
Language English
Description 279 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 31 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [167]-171) and index.
ISBN 1558598685
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