Girl with Apple
On View: American Identities: A New Look, American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The City and the Rise of the Modern Woman, 1900–1945, 5th Floor
Is this a modern Eve about to take a bite of the apple? William Glackens certainly counted on his viewers to make that association. Many of his models were young women earning their living in New York by entering the workforce in an expanding labor market. Glackens offered a fresh American update on the subject of the nude studio model by including a modern woman and fashionable contemporary attire. In paraphrasing one of France’s most famous paintings, Édouard Manet’s Olympia, he also aligned this work with one that was daring in its own time.
Oil on canvas
39 7/16 x 56 3/16 in. (100.2 x 142.7 cm)
frame: 46 3/4 x 63 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (118.7 x 161.9 x 7 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower left: "W. Glackens"
Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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William Glackens (American, 1870-1938). Girl with Apple, 1909-1910. Oil on canvas, 39 7/16 x 56 3/16 in. (100.2 x 142.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 56.70
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