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Good Harbor Beach
William J. Glackens

oil paint canvas

Currently on view at Mint Museum--UPTOWN

Gift of the Mint Museum Auxiliary

It would be difficult to find two figurative paintings from the opening decades of the 20th century that are more different in both their form and their content than Louis Loeb’s Joyous Life (to the left) and William Glackens’ Good Harbor Beach. Although both are scenes of leisure, Loeb’s subject is a fictitious Arcadian idyll featuring a veritable chorus line of gauzily-clad women. Glackens, on the other hand, presents a scene from contemporary life that juxtaposes his wife, who wears a very modern one piece bathing suit, with more conservative beach goers in more elaborate “bathing costumes.” Additionally, Loeb has chosen to use a narrow range of colors and a relatively tight, academic style for his painting while Glackens’ vibrant palette and loose, feathery brushwork reveals his admiration for modern French painters like Pierre Auguste Renoir. Loeb’s painting (which was included in the National Academy of Design’s annual exhibition in 1903) is precisely the sort of work that Robert Henri, William Glackens, and their Ashcan School colleagues were rebelling against when they decided to break with the Academy in the early 20th century.

Accession Number: 1979.314


height: 28.5 inches
width: 37.5 inches

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