Beach Scene, New London

William Glackens (American, 1870 - 1938)

1918. Oil on canvas, 26 x 31 7/8". 1931.170

William Glackens was one of a group of New York painters of the early twentieth century who frequently painted scenes of the urban middle class at work and play. The festive, colorful seaside crowd was a favorite subject of the French Impressionists and was one Glackens often painted when he took his family to the public beach. Here, he used decorative color to convey the gaiety and squirming activity of a Connecticut beach. Glackens’s brushstrokes are reminiscent of those of Renoir, and both painters portrayed the middle class with a romantic elegance and grace.

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