Modern and Contemporary Art
Skating Rink, New York CityMade in United States, North and Central America
William J. Glackens, American, 1870 - 1938
Oil on canvas
Currently not on view
1964-116-7Gift of Meyer P. Potamkin and Vivian O. Potamkin, 2000
LabelThis famous painting records a bruising visit to an indoor roller-skating rink in New York that William Glackens, Robert Henri, and many of the other artists associated with The Eight made in April 1906. The hilarious evening, in which Glackens was the first to fall, encapsulates the artist’s fascination with the modern city and its popular attractions. Glackens’s efforts to chronicle the modern urban scene were rooted in his training as a Philadelphia newspaper reporter-illustrator, while the teachings of his mentor, Henri, are evident in the energetic paint handling and somber color range of the picture.