William James Glackens, ‘Carl Schurz Park, New York’, ca. 1922, White House Historical Association

This landscape is by William James Glackens and captures Carl Schurz Park in the Upper East Side Manhattan neighborhood of Yorkville in New York City during the early 1920s. Looking out toward the East River and Harlem River, children play in the park along with women out for an afternoon walk. Glackens was an American Realist painter and one of the founders of the Ashcan School.

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Gift of Ira Glackens

About William James Glackens

William Glackens’ use of softly exuberant color earned him the nickname of “The American Renoir”. Early in his career, he painted in a more somber, realist mode like that championed by the other members of The Eight. But unlike rest of the group, including his studiomate Robert Henri, Glackens strayed from strict realism and depictions of the industrialized city, finding inspiration in the work of the Impressionists. Influenced by the work of Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Claude Monet—which he studied on trips to Europe—he favored a cheerful palette and the leisure subjects more commonly seen in the work of these French artists.

American, 1870-1938, Philadelphia, PA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States