William J. Glackens
The Shoppers, 1907–08
Oil on canvas
In The Shoppers, a scene of early 20th-century consumerism featuring women dressed in silks and fur, three of the women are close associates of the painter. Standing at center is his wife Edith Glackens. Florence Shinn, wife of fellow artist Everett Shinn, looks out at the viewer. The woman seated at left with her back to the viewer is another family friend, Lillian E. Travis, who was noted for her beautiful auburn hair.
The choice of a contemporary urban subject is characteristic of Glackens’ work and that of fellow members of The Eight — a small group of progressive New York artists.Their common commitment to ordinary, and sometimes gritty, subjects earned them the moniker “The Ashcan School.”