The “watery slush” of Washington Square

The park was a favorite subject for Ashcan artist William Glackens, who depicts a late winter scene in “Washington Square, Winter” from 1910.

“Washington Square South was Glackens’s home from 1904 to 1913, and he painted more scenes of the square than any other subject except the beach near Bellport, Long Island,” states the website for the New Britain Museum of American Art, where the painting hangs.

“The Washington Square paintings were done in the winter, when the artist delighted in using paint to describe the thick mud, deep snowdrifts, and watery slush on the sidewalks.

“Once a fashionable address, it was by 1910 a diverse neighborhood, typical of the city of New York, which fascinated Glackens. Among the favored details that appear in his Washington Square series are the boy with the red sled, the green bus or trolley, and the woman in the flowered hat.”

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3 Responses to “The “watery slush” of Washington Square”

  1. Alex Says:

    This is a beautiful painting. Glackens seemed to focus on New York City and Long Island.

  2. The little sledders enjoying Central Park in winter « Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] 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. […]

  3. trilby1895 Says:

    It’s difficult to place the vantage point from which this painting is set since nothing speaks of the Village except possibly a very, very faint suggestion of white framed windows in two(?) faded, probably brick, buildings all but hidden in what looks like forest….now Washington Square North, originally Waverly Place?

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