Artwork Details

William Glackens


Lenna with Paint Brush
c. 1919
Oil on canvas
19 5/16 x 16 inches
Not on view
Accession Number
Long-term Loan
Long-term Loan from the Stuart & Barbara Padnos Foundation Collection

About the Artwork

William Glackens was an American painter and illustrator recognized for his ability to capture scenes of contemporary daily life. Glackens was one of the first American artists to achieve success without training in Europe, though he deeply admired European painters and adopted the bright palettes and quick brushwork of European Impressionism. Lenna with a Paint Brush is a portrait of the artist’s daughter rendered with the soft brush strokes typical to Glackens’ later career. Lenna was the subject of more than 30 of her father’s paintings, in which she is often depicted painting or drawing. As a child raised within New York’s arts community, Lenna studied with her father and his artist friends and gained success as a young, emerging artist. Unfortunately, Lenna Glackens died at the age of 29, and much remains unknown about her life and art.