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William Glackens was an American realist painter and one of the founders of the Ashcan School movement in modern art. Born in Philadelphia in 1870, Glackens had studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He traveled and studied art in Europe and eventually settled in New York, where he made his living doing sketches and illustrations for newspapers and magazines. Through his friendship and collaborations with other similarly minded artists, including Robert Henri, John Sloan, Everett Shinn, and George Luks, Glackens developed a style of art that was expressionistic, colorful, and showcased everyday subjects. He found great success as a painter and showcased in many galleries throughout the early 1900s. Many of Glackens' work scan be found at the Barnes Foundation and the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art.

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Glackens, William J.: [Ballet Dancer.], Leo Baeck Institute, 2017.10.