Trained as an illustrator, William J. Glackens (1870-1938) distinguished himself with his lively and engaging drawings that were published in avidly read American newspapers, magazines, and journals such as The New York Herald, Collier’s, and The Saturday Evening Post. He turned to painting as a profession in 1897 and soon became one of America’s most celebrated and progressive painters. Yet, Glackens never abandoned his keen interest in drawing and created some of his most distinctive illustrations as late as the 1910s.
William J. Glackens: From Pencil to Paint, an exhibition that premieres at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale June 15, 2019, features over 100 of the artist’s works from the 1890s – 1930s, and highlights Glackens’ roles as illustrator and painter. By presenting drawings from the beginning to end of his career, and juxtaposing them with specific paintings for which they were made, the exhibition sheds new light on Glackens’ lifelong commitment to the field in which he first excelled and his uncanny ability to capture specific gestures, places and significant historical events such as the Spanish American War.
Photo Credit: William J. Glackens