William Glackens was known as “the American Renoir.” After spending a year in Paris in 1895, Glackens became fascinated by the work of Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Glackens returned to New York and brought with him an understanding of, and appreciation for, the art of the French Impressionists. His style, using quick brushstrokes and bright colors, led to the appreciation of Impressionism by American audiences.
William J. Glackens and Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Affinities and Distinctions
The exhibit, William J. Glackens and Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Affinities and Distinctions, at the Nova Southeastern University Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale, looks at the influence of Renoir on Glackens’ work.
New York Times art critic, Roberta Smith, wrote that William Glackens, “… is among the most intriguing and underestimated participants in the first wave of 20th-century American modernism.”
The exhibition consists of 25 paints by Renoir and 25 late-period paintings by Glackens, demonstrating the profound influence Renoir had on the New York painter. The NSU Art Museum has the largest collection of Glackens art in the world, thanks to gifts from the artists’ son, Ira Glackens, and the Sansom Foundation. The exhibit William J. Glackens and Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Affinities and Distinctions runs through May 19, 2018.
William Glackens at Christie’s
This month’s Christie’s New York auction was a notable night for American art. Works from the collection of Barney A. Ebsworth, founder of the Royal Cruise Line, were auctioned for a record total of $317,801,250.
Ebsworth’s collection included work by great American artists like Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Among the works was William Glackens’ 1914 painting Cafe Lafayette (Portrait of Kay Laurell), which sold for $792,500.
“In real estate,” Ebsworth said, “three things matter: location, location, location. For me, collecting art was about quality, quality, quality. I would rather have a smaller collection of the finest pictures than dozens of so-so ones.”
William Glackens Paintings at the Surovek Gallery
We are pleased to offer some of the finest examples of William Glackens work at the Surovek Gallery, including portraits, still life and landscapes.
Please contact us if you would like more information about Fruit on Plate with Knife, The Artist’s Wife and Child, Farmhouse, South of France, Sailboats, Luxembourg Gardens or any of the other fine works available at the Surovek Gallery.
Roberta Smith. The Beauty of the Everyday. The New York Times. April 14, 2014.
ArtFixDaily. William Glackens and Pierre-Auguste Renoir Exhibition to Open in Florida This Fall. April 17, 2018.
Christie’s New York. The Barney A. Ebsworth Collection sale — a landmark for the American art market. November 14, 2018.