Arts Everyday Living: William Glackens, the Renoir of the 20th Century—At the Soda Fountain

William Glackens, Soda Fountain, 1935, oil on canvas, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

American artist William Glackens (1870-1938) was also a member of The Eight who like his colleague Robert Henri focused on contemporary life.  However, the women portrayed in The Soda Fountain date from later in the 20th century, dressed in the fashion of the 1930s.  Glackens was also an admirer of Renoir and often incorporated the Impressionist’s warm colors and luminous light into his works of art.


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