About this artwork
William Glackens—a member of an association of artists called the Eight—was at the center of avant-garde American painting at the turn of the twentieth century. Rejecting the academic standards of the influential National Academy of Design in New York, Glackens and his fellow urban realists focused unflinchingly on the city around them, vividly recording the street life and leisure activities they encountered. Mouquin’s was a fashionable New York restaurant frequented by Glackens and artists of his circle. Combining portraiture with genre painting, he depicted the restaurateur James B. Moore sharing a drink with Jeanne-Louise Mouquin, the wife of the proprietor. The artist’s wife, Edith, and Charles Fitzgerald, a local art critic and champion of Glackens’s work, are reflected in the large wall mirror. Mouquin is the focal point of the composition; not only is her dress and cloak rendered with fluid, eye-catching brushstrokes, but her mysterious, abstracted gaze also creates an unresolved tension within the work. Perhaps Glackens intended to make a social commentary; many con-temporary writers maintained that anomie was one of the psychological consequences of rapid change in European and American cities. Criticized for its unabashed depiction of men and women drinking together, At Mouquin’s suggests the pleasures and the perils of modern life.
- William James Glackens
- At Mouquin's
- United States
- Oil on canvas
- Signed, lower left: "W. Glackens"
- 122.4 × 92.1 cm (48 1/8 × 36 1/4 in.)
- Friends of American Art Collection