Monday, November 24, 2014
William Glackens: Forgotten Father of American Modernism?
With a $20,000 check and
instructions to bring back “some good paintings” from friend and financier Dr. Albert C. Barnes, American artist William Glackens
set off for Paris in 1912 with carte blanche to buy the very best
modern art he could find. Long a champion and connoisseur of European
and American modernism, Glackens sent back to Barnes 33 works by
now-renowned artists such as Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent Van Gogh that helped shape the collection that eventually became The Barnes Foundation.
Glackens, however, was much more than a buyer. Glackens early on bought
into the ideas of European modernism and interpreted them for an
American idiom, as can be seen in a new exhibition at The Barnes
Foundation. William Glackens, the first comprehensive survey
of this undeservedly neglected artist in almost half a century, makes a
powerful case for William Glackens as the forgotten father of American
modernism. Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "William Glackens: Forgotten Father of American Modernism?"