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William J. Glackens and Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Affinities and Distinctions

The painter William Glackens was a member of the Ashcan School, an early 20th-century movement that focused on depicting the gritty realities of urban life. A Francophile who lived in Paris for a year in his 20s and first discovered Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art there, he would later help his friend Albert C. Barnes build his now famous collection. Around that same time, he adopted a style and palette that prompted some to dub him the “American Renoir,” a comparison he welcomed. Bringing together 25 works by each artist, William J. Glackens and Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Affinities and Distinctions is the first exhibition to explore in depth the French master’s profound and enduring influence on his American admirer. Glackens’ privileged, first-hand exposure not only to the Renoirs but also to the Matisses, Cézannes, and other modern European masterworks in Barnes’ collection undoubtedly helped shape his artistic vision.