The Glackens Foundation

 

"Willaim Glackens sketched his longtime friend Albert Barnes in 1912." | Photo: Emma Lee, for NewsWorks

“Willaim Glackens sketched his longtime friend Albert Barnes in 1912.” | Photo: Emma Lee, for NewsWorks

  • The Barnes Foundation showcases the work of American modernist painter William Glackens, the childhood friend of Albert Barnes and the Francophile who instigated the premier collector’s penchant for European moderns shortly before the First World War. NewsWorks tells of how the retrospective–running through February 2–divides Glackens’ work into three chronological rooms, the first representing standard strains of late-19th century color theory, heavier and darker than that of the third room, indicative of the colorful European scene that he would later champion. The middle room presents the artist’s “newspaper illustrations, including several done while embedded with troops during the Spanish American war, during which he was stricken with malaria.”
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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