Little sledders enjoying Central Park in winter

In his 1905 painting “Central Park, Winter,” Ashcan School artist William Glackens “portrays a group of well-behaved children sledding down a gentle slope in New York’s Central Park under the watchful eyes of adults who dot the perimeter of a snowy knoll,” states the website for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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“The children are warmly dressed and the adults are fashionably clothed, signaling that this is a story of middle-class recreation.”

“Despite their nominal commitment to telling the unvarnished truth about modern life and urban hardship, Glackens and other Ashcan artists viewed their world through rose-colored glasses, presenting the city euphemistically and, as here, depicting people at leisure in quasi-rural surroundings rather than in their overcrowded home neighborhoods.”

Glackens often painted winter scenes in the city. Here he capture more fashionably dressed women and children on a slushy day in Washington Square Park.

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2 Responses to “Little sledders enjoying Central Park in winter”

  1. Nemo 1, Sandy 0 « Life & The Times Says:

    [...] of the kids and their families sledding reminded me of great snow storm memories I have from growing up – I felt compelled [...]

  2. Nemo 1, Sandy 0 | Says:

    […] of the kids and their families sledding reminded me of great snow storm memories I have from growing up – I felt compelled […]

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