One of Glackens’ favorite subjects was Washington Square Park, an old city square that separated Greenwich Village, a working-class neighborhood where many Italian immigrants had settled, and the well-to-do neighborhoods north of the square.
Glackens drew and painted the view from his studio on the south edge of the square, focusing on the various types of people who frequented the park. Glackens’ scenes record the mixing of social classes that occurred in New York City.
In his more than twenty paintings of Washington Square between 1909 and 1914, Glackens often repeats certain figures and motifs. He frequently used the tree at the center of the picture to anchor his compositions, many of which depict the same corner as in the New Britain painting.
Blog posts will be scheduled for Mondays and Thursdays right now. Sometimes more of course with ‘breaking’ news.
Look for that delayed Conservancy/C.B. 2/Washington Square Park post today!
** Previously at WSP Blog on William Glackens:
* Portrait, Washington Square, 1910 — William Glackens May 9, 2008