About the Author: Kristen Hickman serves as Public Affairs Officer for the Office of ART in EMBASSIES.
William James Glackens offers a peaceful escape from the intensity of metropolitan living in his work Brewster's Creek currently on view as part of the ART in EMBASSIES exhibition at Spaso House, Moscow. Past tensions over arms control and arms reduction seem far removed from this quiet, secluded scene that depicts a life free of worry and fear. A native of Philadelphia, Glackens worked as an illustrator for newspapers and magazines for many years. In his free time, he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He traveled to France a number of times and was influenced largely by the works of Renoir.
Later, he moved to New York City where he became associated with the Ashcan School, a group of eight artists who exhibited their works without pre-approval by juries of the existing art establishment. The Eight, as they were called, became key figures in the realist movement and often focused their work on urban scenes. Yet, Brewster's Creek evokes the comfort of a rural scene and beckons a return to the pleasures of a simple life. Whether in Moscow or Washington -- or any number of cities around the world -- getting away from the day-to-day routine sometimes requires just a few minutes from an artist's point of view.