Posts Tagged ‘sledding in Central Park’

Little sledders enjoying Central Park in winter

February 6, 2013

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.

Coasting down Central Park’s snowy hills

February 6, 2010

A mess of boys get ready to sled down a hill in the park, circa 1915.

Nine old-fashioned wooden sleds lined up, ready to go. Nice to see a few kids piggybacking rides—that’s probably outlawed today.

And look—no parents are hovering over them!


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