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Washington Square Park, New York City

Washington Square Park, New York City

New York City has hundreds of iconic landmarks, parks, monuments, streets, and buildings. During the early 20th century it was a bustling city, full of excitement, investment, and room for expansion and it quickly became a destination for travelers, immigrants, and artists. Art societies and academics became widely accepted and popular, and popped up all over the city. The depictions of New York increased dramatically throughout this time period. This metropolitan destination  could not be missed by any one in the art world, and many moved there to be part of the burgeoning art scene. Therefore, it is no surprise that dozens of prominent artists in the NBMAA’s collection lived and worked in New York City, and derived endless inspiration from the city. (more…)

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Washington Square, Winter (Washington Square), 1910. William James Glackens (1870–1938). Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 in. New Britain Museum of American Art, Charles F. Smith Fund, 1944.03.

The group of artists known as The Eight, led by Robert Henri (1865–1929), formed in 1907 in protest of the academic tradition. Members included Arthur B. Davies (1862–1928), William Glackens (1878–1930), Ernest Lawson (1873–1939), George B. Luks (1867–1933), Maurice B. Prendergast (1858–1924), Everett Shinn (1876–1953), and John Sloan (1871–1951). Traditional academic training stressed drawing objects of beauty and was based on classical art forms. Inspired by common street scenes and urban life, these “Ashcan” artists rejected the refined themes of mythology and literature that were no longer pertinent in the Industrial Age. (more…)

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