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William James Glackens (March 13, 1870 – May 22, 1938) was an American realist painter and illustrator, as well as one of the founders of the Ashcan School of American art. His dark-hued, vibrantly painted street scenes and depictions of daily life in pre-WW I New York and Paris first established his reputation as a major artist. His later work was brighter in tone and showed the strong influence of Renoir.
In 1904, Glackens married artist Edith Dimock, the daughter of a wealthy Connecticut family. They lived together in a Greenwich Village townhouse, where they raised two children, Lenna and Ira. Many artists were drawn to the home of this happy family, which appears in many of Glackens paintings. In 1957, Ira Glackens published “William Glackens and the Eight: The Artists Who Freed American Art” about his father’s role played in the emerging realist movement in art.
“The man with something to say is an important man in art - in fact, the only man who may claim the title of artist. The manner of his expression matters very little. That will take care of itself. The man with something to say generally says it pretty well." — William Glackens
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mariolyn, you should check out some of my other puzzles. I always try to pick out bright colors because they're so much easier to work with in a puzzle. :)


I did this puzzle because it is nice and bright.


Elegance, style and good craftsmanship. Of course if you've never encountered it, you don't know what you're missing. Attention Walmart shoppers! ha ha

I'm beginning to believe we were separated at birth, Bethany. '=) You just stepped onto one of my favorite soap boxes! The recemt generations that missed the creativity. Remakes in movies and Broadway shows, that's when I began to notice the lack of imagination and creativity. And I hadn't quite made the connection with fashion yest, but you're absolutely right! My mother was one of the most creative people I've known, and thankfully she passed that appreciation on to me. She stressed elegance. The few peeks I had in the NYTs recent fashion week reports -- most so gross I stopped looking -- proved elegance has been trashed and may not return. : (


Yes! to everything you mentioned! Heels with jeans makes me think of a little kid raiding Mother's closet and assembling an outfit that would make everyone laugh. It seems like there is little originality now, just a mashup of clothes from previous decades. Whereas if you look back over the decades starting in the 1800s (that's as far as I can think ha ha) you see a distinctive style for each decade. That's my biggest beef. Think for yourselves!!! Ditto for the remakes of movies, tv shows, etc. Of course there is a lot of originality in other areas, but these just happen to be rant-able. :)

And they all think we come from a dinosaur age. My first cringes came with black bras under sheer or white tops (or bra straps showing at all); heels with jeans (though I admit to being use to it now). And yes, Bethany, sequin or jewels and velvet and satin before 5 pm. Didn't we all look forward to that being dearly special for evening and romance? Decidedly the opposite outlook for the "have-it-all generations." Thank you both, Bethany and @heathercru, for your comments!


Skirts and heels with no stockings - and also what I consider cocktail dresses to work. At least the women on daytime "news" programs dress like that! The most extreme young men's fashions look to me like old "skinny" suits from the 60s with the unthinkable added quirk of wearing the shirts untucked. Appalling. ;)


I was born in 1960 and still remember the ladies wearing hats and gloves. I'm still sort of astounded when I see business women, women in law offices and courtrooms, wearing skirts and heels with no stockings. Great picture; thanks for posting!

Thank you, Jean, that will be my great laugh of the day! I haven't seen white gloves in many, many years. Perhaps the grease, runny cheese, special sauce aided their demise? ; -}

Imagine putting on your good dress and spring hat and white gloves to have lunch at the golden arches-

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