Monday, June 13

William Glackens, "Crowd at the Seashore," 1910

"Glackens was known to visit Coney Island, and this canvas may depict the throngs that gathered there. The number and variety of beachgoers suggest the socioeconomic diversity of New York City and imbue the painting with an exuberant spirit. To heighten the scene’s electric energy, Glackens deployed vibrant color and vigorous brushwork, applying saturated blues and oranges in jittery dashes to evoke the midday sun’s heat and glare. The brilliance of 'Crowd at the Seashore' epitomizes the particular brand of Impressionism—inspired by Auguste Renoir—that Glackens adopted after about 1910."
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art - 1
Getting Lost in the Crowd