William James Glackens (1870-1938)

Do you think you may own a painting by William Glackens? We perform art authenticationsart appraisalsart research and provide Certificates of Authenticity (COA) as well as consultations, for all paintings by William Glackens.

Still Life with Three Glasses 1920s

William James Glackens was a U.S. realist painter. Glackens studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and later moved to New York City, where he co-founded what came to be called the Ashcan School art movement. He was known for his dark-hued paintings of street scenes and daily life in the city’s neighborhoods.

House at Eastern Point 1918

One of the country’s first Realist painters, Glackens belonged to a group of artists dubbed by the press “the Eight Independent Painters” or The Eight, who chose to exhibit their works without pre-approval by the juries of the existing art establishment. The Eight exhibited at the Macbeth Gallery in New York City in 1908, showing works outside the controlling group’s rigid definition of artistic beauty. The show went on to tour museums in nine U.S. cities over the next year.

The Race Track 1909

During much of his career as a painter, Glackens also worked as an illustrator for newspapers and magazines in Philadelphia and New York City. His brother was the cartoonist and illustrator Louis Glackens. Still wondering about a Realist American painting in your family collection? Contact us…it could be by William Glackens.