The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of March 18, 2018

The Drive, Central Park, c. 1905

oil on canvas, Framed: 84.1 x 99.3 x 9.5 cm (33 1/16 x 39 1/16 x 3 11/16 in.); Unframed: 64.5 x 81 cm (25 3/8 x 31 7/8 in.); Former: 84 x 99 x 11.5 cm (33 1/16 x 38 15/16 x 4 1/2 in.). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1939.524

Unlike most other Ash Can painters, William Glackens adopted the outlook of the French Impressionists. This painting combines brisk brushwork with intense color to suggest the pleasure of a Sunday promenade in New York City's Central Park. The attention to certain details, like the top hats and parasols, further describes the lifestyle enjoyed by New York's upper classes. Trained as a newspaper illustrator in Philadelphia before moving to New York, Glackens also traveled to Europe, where he was influenced by the vigorous brushwork and realistic subject matter of 17th-century painters, including Rembrandt van Rijn, Franz Hals, and Diego Velazquez.

signed lower right: W. Glackens

New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, La Pintura Contemporánea Norteamericana (1941); traveled to Buenos Aires, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, (3 July-31 July 19410; to Montevideo, Galeria del Teatro Solis, (18 August-19 September 1941); to Rio de Janeiro, Museo de Bellas Artes (8 November-9 December 1941), illus. p. 51.
Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Artists of the Philadelphia Press (14 October-18 November 1945), cat. no. 4, see The Philadelphia Museum Bulletin (November, 1945), vol. XLI, no. 207 for catalogue.
New York, Kraushaar Galleries, Paintings and Drawings by William Glackens (3-29 January 1949), cat. no. 3.
Dayton, Dayton Art Institute, American and Impressionism (19 October-11 November 1951); traveled to Columbus, Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts (18 November-16 December 1951).
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition (15 January-13 March 1955), cat. no. 208, pp. 124-129, illus. p. 125.
Sent from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts on a good-will tour through the U.S. Information Agency, Washington, D.C. to: Madrid, Sala de la Direccion General de Belles Artes, (21 April-8 May 1955), illus. cat. no. 73, p. 43.
Florence, Palazzo Strozzi, l'Esposizione per il 150 Anniversario della Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts di Filadelfia (June 1955), illus. cat. no 73, p. 43; Innsbruck, Ferdinandeum Museum (16 July-20 August 1955), illus. cat. no. 73.
Ghent, Belgium, The Ghent Museum (3 September-2 October 1955), illus. cat. no. 81.
Stockholm, Royal Academy of the Free Arts, (4-27 November 1955), illus. cat. no. 83, p. 24.
San Diego, The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, Modern American Painting: 1915 (6 December 1962-6 January 1963), cat. no. 11.
St. Louis, City Art Museum of Saint Louis, William Glackens in Retrospect (18 November-31 December 1966); traveled to Washington, D.C., National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution (1 February-2 April 1967); to New York, Whitney Museum of American Art (25 April-11 June 1967), illus. cat. no. 16.
Bloomington, IN, Indiana University Art Museum, The American Scene 1900-1970: An Exhibition of Twentieth Century Painting Held in Honor of the Sesquicentennial of Indiana University (6 April-17 May 1970), illus. cat. no. 47.
Coshocton, OH, The Johnson-Humrickhouse Memorial Museum, American Paintings 1825-1915 from The Cleveland Museum of Art (7 July-1 November 1979), illus. p. 11, fig. 14, listed p. 13.
Tokyo, The National Museum of Modern Art, Japanese Artists Who Studied in U.S.A. and the American Scene (24 July-5 September 1982); traveled to Kyoto, The National Museum of Modern Art, (14 September-11 October 1982), cat. no. 65, pp. 93-94, illus. p. 94.
Wilmington, DE, Delaware Art Museum, William Glackens: Illustrator in New York, 1897-1919 (15 March-28 April 1985); traveled to State College, PA, Pennsylvania State University Museum of Art (30 June-8 September 1985); to Yonkers, NY, Hudson River Museum (15 September-24 November 1985), cat. no. 3, illus.
Kalamazoo, MI, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, A Century of Caring: One Hundred Years of American Realism (18 May-3 August 1986), illus. p. 16, listed p. 49.
Columbus, Columbus Museum of Art, Visions of America: Urban Realism, 1900-1940 (7 January-3 March 1996); traveled to Mexico City, Museo de Arte Moderno, Visiones De Estado Unidos: Realismo Urbano, 1900-1940 (11 April-16 June 1996); to Youngstown, The Butler Institute of American Art (13 July-18 August 1996), illus. cat. no. 24, p. 31.
Bordeaux, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Made in USA: L'art Américan, 1908-1947 (10 October-31 December 2001); traveled to Rennes, Musée des Beaux-Arts (18 January-31 March 2002); Montpellier, Musée Fabre (12 April-23 June 2002); cat. not numbered, illus. p. 44.
Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL (2/23/2014 - 6/1/2014); Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY (7/19/2014 - 10/12/2014); and Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA (11/8/2014 - 2/16/2015): "William Glackens: Sensuous Modernism"

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