William Glackens Notecard Folio
William Glackens (American, 1870–1938) was a Philadelphia-born newspaper illustrator who studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He traveled frequently to France and lived there for several years. His early style, its dark tones reminiscent of Edouard Manet, resonated with the gritty, urban realism of a disparate group of American painters known as The Eight, with whom he exhibited in 1908. That year, Glackens started to work in a brighter, more modern palette. In the paintings that followed, like the beach scenes included in this folio of notecards, sparkling, luminous works in bold combinations of saturated colors, Glackens made a distinctive contribution to American modernism.
Glackens played an important role in the life of collector Albert C. Barnes (1872–1951), whose friendship with the artist began in high school and lasted nearly six decades. Glackens looked at pictures with Barnes, guided him in his understanding of modern art, and introduced him to the work of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, the painter whose work Barnes collected obsessively for the rest of his life. In 1912, at the request of Barnes, Glackens traveled to Paris and purchased many of the paintings that form the core of the Barnes Foundation’s collection. Significant examples from this buying trip include works by Cèzanne, Picasso, Pissarro, and Van Gogh. Glackens himself is represented in the Barnes Foundation by seventy-one paintings, pastels, sketches, and illustrations.
Contains five each of the following notecards:
The Bathing Hour, Chester, Nova Scotia, 1910
The Raft, 1915
Ten 5 x 7 in. blank notecards with envelopes in a decorative folio.
Published with The Barnes Foundation.