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illustrator , painter

William J. Glackens, American artist. member National Institute of Arts and Letters.


Glackens, William J. was born on March 13, 1870 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Finn) Glackens.


Educational public schools. Pupil Pennsylvania Academy Fine Arts, and studied in Europe.


Began his career with drawings for the Record, Press, and Public Ledger of Philadelphia. He stayed a year and a half in Paris, starting in 1896; then, settling in New York, he did illustrations for the World, the Herald, and a number of magazines. As an illustrator he developed a sprightly, rather roguish style, which came to be highly regarded, but after 1908 he dropped illustrating for painting. In this new medium he possessed a certain readiness of color, which attracted admiration, but some critics charged him with a too great dependence upon the work of Renoir. Thus, although his friend, the critic Walter Pach, found his paintings a "constant source of stimulation in American art," other judges are inclined to prefer the illustrations of his earlier period.


Member National Institute of Arts and Letters.


Ira D. Glackens