William Glackens was one of the most influential American painters in the first decades of the twentieth century. From his beginnings as a witty magazine illustrator in Philadelphia and New York to his participation in the forward thinking group of artists dubbed The Eight, Glackens was a perceptive interpreter of his surroundings.
Glackens was one of the more versatile and popular artists of his time. An admirer of the more traditional figure painting of Renoir, his name also became closely linked to the modern artists who exhibited their works at the famous Armory Show of 1913, which Glackens helped organized.


1870 Born in Philadelphia.
1890 Graduates from Central High with a Bachelor of Arts degree. John Sloan and Albert Barnes are fellow students.
1892 Studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and meets Robert Henri.
1894 Shares a studio with Henri and participates in his first exhibition.
1895 Takes a job illustrating books. Then quits and goes to Paris with Henri.
1896 Bicycles through Europe and studies the Dutch masters. Returns to the US and rents a studio in New York.
1898 Goes to Cuba to report on the Spanish-American War and twelve of his drawings of the war are published.
1901 Exhibits at the Allan Gallery with Henri, Sloan, and others. His works are well received.
1903 Receives a major commission to illustrate volumes by the writer Charles-Paul de Kock.
1904 Exhibits at a group show at the National Arts Club. Marries artist Edith Dimock.
1905 Paints 'Chez Mouquin' and wins an honorable mention at the Carnegie Institute.
1907 Submits several paintings to the National Academy and all but one is rejected.
1908 Exhibits with the group known as 'The Eight' and the show travels the eastern half of the US.
1910 Helps organize the 'Exhibition of Independent Artists'. It is the first "no jury-no prizes show held in America.
1912 Goes to Paris on a buying trip for Dr. Barnes. Buys a number of Impressionists works for the Doctor's collection. Has his first one man show at Madison Art Gallery.
1913 Is the chairman at the Armory Show. Has his second one man show.
1914 Begins to devote himself entirely to painting.
1917 Elected president of the Society of Independent Artists. Has two more one man shows.
1919 Illustrates his last story.
1922 Has a small one-artist show at the Whitney Studio Club.
1924 Recieves the Temple Gold Medal from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
1925 Has his first show at Kraushaar Art Galleries; they are still his primary dealer to the present. Visits France. Health begins to deteriorate.
1926 Travels all over Europe.
1927-30 Spends his time between Paris and New York. Continues to paint.
1931 Has another show at Kraushaar Art Galleries. Still traveling between Paris and New York.
1934 Paints in Canada and Vermont.
1935 Has another show at Kraushaar Art Galleries.
1937 Reveives the Grand Prix at the Paris Exposition for 'Central Park, Winter'.
1938 Dies suddenly from a cerebral hemorrage. A number of memorial exhibits followed his death.