Central Park, Winter

Artist: William James Glackens (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1870–1938 Westport, Connecticut )

Date: ca. 1905

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 25 x 30 in. (63.5 x 76.2 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: George A. Hearn Fund, 1921

Accession Number: 21.164

Description

Glackens portrays a group of well-behaved children sledding down a gentle slope in New York's Central Park under the watchful eyes of adults who dot the perimeter of a snowy knoll. The children are warmly dressed and the adults are fashionably clothed, signaling that this is a story of middle-class recreation. Despite their nominal commitment to telling the unvarnished truth about modern life and urban hardship, Glackens and other Ashcan artists viewed their world through rose-colored glasses, presenting the city euphemistically and, as here, depicting people at leisure in quasi-rural surroundings rather than in their overcrowded home neighborhoods.

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