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Good Harbor Beach

William James Glackens (American, 1870-1938)

Created: 1919
Materials:Oil on canvas
Dimensions: H 21" x W 30"

Like many New Yorkers of his era, William Glackens sought the cool sanctuary of the seashore during the hot summer months. He used this time not only for recreation with his family but also to find inspiration for his art. Glackens had been exploring the subject of leisure-time activities since the 1890s and continued to do so until the end of his career. Over the course of five decades he painted not only at the beaches along the Northeastern coastline, such as the one depicted in Good Harbor Beach, but also the parks, roller-skating rinks, and soda fountains he found at home in the city. Although Glackens experimented only briefly with the thick brushwork and dark tones of his peers such as John Sloan or George Luks before adopting the lighter palette and looser style of Impressionist artists such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, his rebellious spirit and focus on everyday life united him with his companions as a member of The Eight.

Gift of the Mint Museum Auxiliary.

Accession Number: 1979.314