Merry Christmas (Yuletide Revels)
Full of humorous vignettes, this work presents William Glackens at the height of his powers as a draftsman and storyteller. In a large room decorated for Christmas, throngs of children play with their new toys—often with painful consequences—while a few adults make futile attempts to control the chaos. Glackens’s figure style is slightly cartoonish but incorporates descriptive details that endow each child with a distinct personality. Reproduced in Collier’s Weekly, one of the nation’s most popular magazines of the period, this image comments ironically on the innocence of children and the joys of the holiday season.
Graphite, Conté crayon, ink, and transparent and opaque watercolor on laminated board adhered to wood pulp board
Sheet: 24 3/8 x 18 1/2 in. (61.9 x 47 cm) (show scale)
Signed in conte crayon, lower right: "W. Glackens"
Gift of Ira Glackens
Reproduced as a full-page illustration in "Collier's, The National Weekly" 46, no 12 (December 10, 1910): 30.
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William Glackens (American, 1870-1938). Merry Christmas (Yuletide Revels), ca. 1910. Graphite, Conté crayon, ink, and transparent and opaque watercolor on laminated board adhered to wood pulp board, Sheet: 24 3/8 x 18 1/2 in. (61.9 x 47 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Ira Glackens, 63.58 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 63.58_PS6.jpg)
overall, 63.58_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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