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Beach at Blue Point

ca. 1915
25 1/4 x 30 1/8 in. (64.1 x 76.5 cm)

William Glackens
United States (Philadelphia, PA, 1870 - 1938, Westport, CT)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Elizabeth R. Grauwiller Bequest
Accession Number: 1973.12
Location: Currently on view
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Like many American painters, including Winslow Homer, William Glackens was an artist-reporter early in his career. He met Robert Henri in Philadelphia, shared a studio with him, and went to Paris with him in 1895. Upon Glackens's return, he moved to New York City. He exhibited with The Eight in 1908, and chaired the Armory Show in 1913. By 1914, he was devoting all of his time to painting, and espoused subjects like this one, colorful depictions of Americans at play. Many of his paintings reflect the influence of French impressionists, particularly Pierre Auguste Renoir.

[Gallery label text, 2003]

Artist's signature, lower right: W. Glackens

Consigned to Kraushaar Galleries, New York, mid 1930's; returned to artist's estate upon his death in 1938; consigned to Kraushaar Galleries, New York, early 1970's; purchased from them by the Gallery in 1973 with funds bequeathed by Elizabeth R. Grauwiller

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Art Alive: Beach at Blue Point Using MAG's Learning to Look/Looking to Learn philosophy, guide students' looking and use open-ended questions to elicit personal responses. Includes many suggestions for classroom activities and connections to reinforce ELA skills.
Seeing America Inservice Materials from a teacher in-service presentation Spring 2008
Seeing America Chapter on William Glackens' Beach at Blue Point, written by Grace Seiberling.

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