ARTicle — 05 April 2014
William Glackens ‘reassessment’ at MOAFL

As a newspaper and magazine illustrator, William Glackens captured the turmoil and pathos of the Spanish-American War. A founder of the Ashcan School, Glackens’ paintings explored the gritty realism of early 20th century urban life. A Francophile of the first order, his later impressionist works earned him the reputation as “America’s Renoir.”

Through 85 paintings and illustrations, the William Glackens exhibition at the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale explores the 40-year evolution of the artist. The works are drawn from the museum’s own Glackens collection, the most extensive in the world, with contributions from other institutions and private collectors. The exhibition runs through June, before traveling to the other venues.

Notes curator Avis Berman: “Glackens combined an enchanting zest for life with an arsenal of sophisticated techniques. Yet, with no comprehensive survey of his work in nearly 50 years, a thorough reassessment of this key figure in American art is long overdue.”

Kingsley Guy

 

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