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Photo: Dan Wayne

William Glackens
Born 1870 in Philadelphia, PA
Died 1938 in Westport, CT
Girls on the Shore, 1922
oil paint on canvas
18 x 30 inches
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection
Gift of the William T. Kemper Charitable Trust
2001.3
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Glackens had a profound influence on early 20th-century American art. He was a member of The Eight (the group of urban realists notoriously dubbed the Ashcan School), the selection chairman of American painting in the 1913 Armory Show, and the initial advisor of the esteemed Barnes Foundation collection. As we see here, Glackens' style evolved from the dark tones of Ashcan to the brilliant colors of American Impressionism, after seeing French Impressionist paintings in Europe.