Flowers in a Blue Vase Boxed Thank You Notes
Ten 3½ x 5 in. blank notecards with envelopes in an acetate-topped box
Published with the Barnes Foundation
William Glackens (American, 1870–1938)
Flowers in a Blue Vase, c. 1915
Philadelphia native William J. Glackens (1870–1938) began his career drawing scenes from everyday life and rapidly became the premier illustrator for magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post and Collier’s. His early paintings, influenced by fellow Ashcan School artist Robert Henri, exhibited a subdued realist style that departed from that of the American Impressionists. Encouraged by several artist friends, Glackens later abandoned his somber palette, and his pictures took on a colorful liveliness.
Glackens was sent to Paris in 1912 by lifelong friend and Barnes Foundation founder Albert C. Barnes to purchase the modern paintings that became the core of the foundation’s collection. There he saw the exuberant use of color by the Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, and Fauves, which further bolstered the direction of his art.