The Drive, Central Park

The Drive, Central Park

c. 1905

William Glackens

(American, 1870-1938)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 84.1 x 99.4 x 9.5 cm (33 1/8 x 39 1/8 x 3 3/4 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 39 x 4 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1939.524

Did you know?

Glackens’s lifelong nickname “Butts” was acquired when he wore a coat with prominent brass buttons.

Description

Glackens derived much inspiration from New York’s Central Park, painting it several times during his early career. In this canvas he recorded the weekday ritual of wealthy Manhattanites parading through the park in their elegant horse-drawn carriages. This tradition drew spectators eager to witness the pageantry, and for all involved, it was an opportunity to see and be seen.

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