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Crowd at the Seashore

Artist:
William James Glackens (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1870–1938 Westport, Connecticut )
Date:
ca. 1910
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
25 x 30 in. (63.5 x 76.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), 1967
Accession Number:
67.187.126
Not on view
Glackens was known to visit Coney Island, and this canvas may depict the throngs that gathered there. The number and variety of beachgoers suggest the socioeconomic diversity of New York City and imbue the painting with an exuberant spirit. To heighten the scene’s electric energy, Glackens deployed vibrant color and vigorous brushwork, applying saturated blues and oranges in jittery dashes to evoke the midday sun’s heat and glare. The brilliance of "Crowd at the Seashore" epitomizes the particular brand of Impressionism—inspired by Auguste Renoir—that Glackens adopted after about 1910.
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