Painting: A Reporter of Innocence

Much as the cloistered university literary critic is expected to review the not-so-recent past, so the art museum, among its many obligations, is expected to review in tranquillity the previous generation and, by assembling the art ist's life work, allow a fair evaluation of his achievements.

Such a retrospective has now been given William Glackens at St. Louis' City Art Museum,* the painter's first since a memorial show assembled shortly after his death in 1938. At that time Glackens seemed out of fashion, with his tranquil ladies, summer-resort scenes and cityscapes thronged with...

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