Label Text: William Glackens began his career in Philadelphia as an artist-reporter for the local newspaper. With his friends John Sloan, Robert Henri, George Luks, and Everett Shinn, Glackens formed a group of realist painters, who became known as “The Eight” when
they exhibited together in 1908.
Rather than focus on the rougher side of city life that fascinated many of his friends, Glackens preferred to select views of the suburban middle class at leisure.
In this rendering, Glackens depicts a group of skaters. Their figures create lively vignettes, pivoting and gliding about on the ice. The artist’s masterful draftsmanship, sharpened by his work as a newspaper illustrator, is evident here in the fluency and incisiveness of his brush.