By Greg Carannante
City & Shore Magazine
An inviting reverie of casual waterfront dining, Outdoor Café is one of many vibrant gems from William J. Glackens: From Pencil to Paint, recently extended through next spring at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. The long-running exhibition features over 100 of Glackens’ works from the 1890s to the 1930s, beginning with his illustrations for American newspapers and magazines.
After the artist turned to painting professionally in 1897, visits to France and the Netherlands inspired outdoor scenes painted in lively colors, such as Outdoor Café. Glackens never abandoned drawing, however, and created some of his most distinctive illustrations into the 1910s. By juxtaposing his drawings with the paintings for which they were made, the exhibition honors Glackens’ lifelong commitment to illustration.
Image: William J. Glackens, Outdoor Café, c. 1932. Oil on canvas; NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale; gift of the Sansom Foundation, Inc., 92.40