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Part of The American Wing
William James Glackens (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1870–1938 Westport, Connecticut )
Date: ca. 1905Accession Number: 21.164
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Jan and Warren Adelson Gallery
Beginning around 1900, a group of Realist painters advocated forthright depictions of urban life but typically took a cheerful approach to portraying urban hardships. Their leader, Robert Henri, had begun his career as a painter and teacher in Philadelphia. There, he became a mentor to George Luks, William Glackens, John Sloan, and Everett Shinn, all of whom worked as newspaper illustrators and, with Henri, moved to New York between 1896 and 1904. These artists came to be called the Ashcan School after a drawing by Henri's student George Bellows that was published in 1915. Henri and his associates showed together in several key exhibitions, including the landmark 1908 show at New York's Macbeth Galleries of the group known as the Eight, which also included Ernest Lawson, Maurice Prendergast, and Arthur B. Davies. Works by all of the Eight are represented in this gallery.
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