The William J. Glackens Research Collection and Study Center
The William J. Glackens Research Collection and Study Center
The William J. Glackens Research Collection and Study Center is the central repository for all current and future Glackens materials owned by the Museum, establishing it as a central hub for Glackens scholarship. Along with the museum’s current holdings of art works, the William Glackens Research Collection and Study Center houses a wealth of archival materials relating to Glackens, including 75 of his sketchbooks; more than 1,000 photographs spanning his life, institutional records, correspondence, exhibition reviews and unpublished research.
The William J. Glackens Study Center includes an online component easily and broadly accessible to scholars, educators, students, and the general public. The website features a digital collection of selected artworks, including comprehensive information about the art, links to other relevant institutional websites, and downloadable teacher curriculum packets and family guides.
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The Glackens Wing
Edith Dimock Glackens hoped to establish a permanent home for the work of her husband, William J. Glackens (1870-1938), as early as the year of his death. Beginning in 1990, Glackens’s son, Ira, and later his estate, bequeathed to the Art Museum Fort Lauderdale more than five hundred works of art representing many media that covered the span of his father’s career. In 2001, 63 years after Glackens’s widow voiced her wish, the Museum inaugurated a wing dedicated to the work of this noted American artist.
C. Richard Hilker, then president of the Sansom Foundation, envisioned The Glackens Wing, for which the Sansom Foundation provided primary funding. The Sansom Foundation was established in 1956 by Ira Glackens and his wife, Nancy Glackens. In addition to the Sansom Foundation’s gift for The Glackens Wing, generous grants were also received from the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
Installation image William J. Glackens: From Pencil to Paint, on view in The Glackens Wing, June 15, 2019 – Spring 2021
William J. Glackens Exhibition History
Since the initial bequest from Ira Glackens in 1991, NSU Art Museum has organized numerous exhibitions that include objects from the Glackens collection.
William J. Glackens: From Pencil to Paint
June 15, 2019 – Spring 2021
William J. Glackens and Pierre-August Renoir: Affinities and Distinctions
(NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale October 21, 2018 – May 5, 2019; Hunter
Museum of American Art October 21, 2018 – May 5, 2019)
Midnight in Paris & New York: Scenes from the 1890s – 1930s, William Glackens and His Contemporaries
February 4 – October 14, 2018
William J. Glackens: A Modernist in the Making
(September 4, 2015 – January 14, 2018)
Highlights from the William J. Glackens Collection
(March 9, 2013 – August 2015)
Return to the Ashcan
(October 20, 2012 – February 24, 2013)
All in the Family: Paintings and Works on Paper by Member of the Glackens Family
(October 15, 2011 – October 12, 2012)
An Intimate Look at William Glackens and the Eight (October 16, 2010 – May 23, 2011)
Landscape Paintings by William Glackens (October 16, 2010 – January 10, 2011)
The Spectacle of Life: The Art of William Glackens
Glackens as Illustrator (September 5, 2009 – May 3, 2010)
William Glackens: American Impressionist (June 29, 2006 – August 2008)
The Glackens Collection: A Fresh Look (June 23 – December 10, 2006)
The Glackens Collection: Graphics
The Art of William Glackens: The Ira Glackens Bequest (March 1, 2001 – Spring 2002)
William Glackens: Works from the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale’s Permanent Collection
William Glackens: A Journey from Realism to Impressionism (February 23 – April 30, 2000)
Intimate Glackens (February 19-May 23, 1999)
Glackens: The Storyteller
Glackens Circle (December 8, 1995 – May 5, 1996)
Traces of a Life: The William Glackens Sketchbooks (Oct 27, 1995 – Jan 14, 1996)
Henri’s Disciples: William Glackens and John Sloan (February 10 – April 2, 1995)
William Glackens: Portrait and Figure Painter (February 10 – July 17, 1994)
A Century Ago: Artists Capture the Spanish-American War (February 10 – July 17, 1994)
The Magic of the Line: Graphics from the Glackens Collection (February 12 – August 15, 1993)
Touch of Glackens
Selections from the Glackens Collection (December 19, 1991 – August 31, 1992)
Paintings, Sculpture, and Prints from the Permanent Collection (September 14, 1991 – Jan 9, 1992)
THE GLACKENS COLLECTION INCLUDES WORKS BY MORE THAN TWENTY ARTISTS
- Arthur Bowen Davies: 1795, Paris, France; d. 1875, Paris, France
- A. Paul de la Boulage: b. 1849, Bourg-en-Bresse, France; d. 1926, Moulins, France
- Edith Dimock: 1876, Hartford, CT; d. 1955, Hartford, CT. Wife of William J. Glackens
- Lenna Glackens: 1913, New York, NY; d. 1943, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Daughter of William J. Glackens
- Louis M. Glackens: 1866, Philadelphia, PA; d.1933, Jersey City, NJ. Brother of William J. Glackens
- William J. Glackens: 1870, Philadelphia, PA; d. 1938, Westport, CT
- Robert Henri: 1865, Cincinnati, OH; d. 1929, New York, NY
- Ernest Lawson: 1873, Halifax, Nova Scotia; d. 1939, Miami Beach, FL.
- Hayley Lever: 1876, Bowden, South Australia; d. 1958, New York, NY
- George Luks: 1867, Williamsport , PA; d. 1933, New York, NY
- Jerome Myers: 1867, Petersburg, VA; d. 1940, New York, NY
- James Wilson Morrice: 1865, Montreal, Canada; d. 1924, Tunis, Tunisia
- Marjorie Organ Henri: 1886, Ireland; d. 1930 New York, NY
- Guy Pene Du Bois: 1884, Brooklyn, New York, NY; d. 1958, Boston, MA
- Charles Prendergast: 1863, St. John’s, Canada; d. 1948, Westport, CT
- Maurice Prendergast: 1858, St. John’s, Canada; d. 1924, New York, NY
- James Moore Preston: 1873, Roxborough, PA; d. 1962 Southampton, NY 1962
- May Wilson Preston: 1873, New York, NY; d. 1949, East Hampton, NY
- Ronald Searle: 1920, Cambridge, England; d. 2011, Draguignan, France
- Florence Scovel Shinn: 1871, Camden, NJ; d. 1940, Manhattan, NY
- Everett Shinn: 1876, Woodstown, NJ; d. 1953, New York, NY
- Helen Farr Sloan: 1911, New York, NY; d. 2005, Wilmington, DE
- John Sloan: 1871, Lock Haven, PA; d. 1951, Hanover, NH
William Glackens (b. 1870, Philadelphia, PA; d. 1938, Westport, CT)
William Glackens was a member of the artists group, The Eight, who favored cheerful subjects of leisure activities over the dark manner and social realism of others in that circle. Born in Philadelphia, Glackens attended Central High School along with John Sloan and the collector Albert C. Barnes. In 1891 he began a career as an artist-reporter for various Philadelphia newspapers and in the evenings, attended classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. That same year Sloan introduced him to Robert Henri, with whom Glackens shared a studio for a year and a half. After traveling to France and The Netherlands in 1895, Glackens moved to New York, where he continued working as an artist-reporter, magazine illustrator and painter. In 1898 he accompanied the U.S. Army to Cuba to record the Spanish-American War for McClure’s magazine.
Glackens gave up illustration in order to devote himself to painting in 1904. He made a second trip to Europe in 1906, returning to New York to prepare for an exhibition of paintings by The Eight held in 1908. In the same year, one of Glackens’ paintings was shown at the National Academy of Design, where the New York public was surprised at the change in the artist’s palette. After nearly a decade and a half of producing paintings that reflected the influence of Robert Henri in their muted colors and gestural brushstrokes, Glackens, inspired by his visits to France and the Netherlands, had turned to depicting outdoor scenes, using bright, lively colors. His change in style was reinforced by frequent trips to France, including a 1912 journey sponsored by his friend Albert Barnes, who sent Glackens to France as his agent to purchase contemporary French paintings, including works by Cézanne, Matisse, and Renoir. Glackens served as chairman of the committee that selected American art for The Armory Show in 1913, and later, in 1917, was first president of the Society of Independent Artists.
Glackens’ mature style suggests Monet’s paintings of the 1860s in the broad and direct treatment of color, quick touch, and jewel-like dashes of color that denote foliage and the sun’s shimmering reflections on the water. Glackens distinguished himself from impressionism, however, by not allowing light to dissolve the contour of his forms. From about 1925 to 1932 he divided his time between New York and France, but he continued his involvement in the New York art world and his friendship with other artists associated with The Eight until his death in 1938.
William Glackens in the studio he shared with Robert Henri on Chestnut Street, c. 1984. Photograph. Girl in White is in the background. Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University; bequest of Ira Glackens, photograph collection.
The William J. Glackens Collection Archive & Study Center Documentary and Teacher’s Resource Guide have been made possible by major support from Sansom Foundation with additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
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