Far From The Fresh Air Farm is a genre painting by American artist William Glackens, completed in 1911. The medium is crayon and watercolor on paper, executed in the New Realism style that characterized Glackens’ works under the Ashcan School and Early American Modernism movements. The painting depicts a crowded city street, portraying its dangers and temptations as a “pitiful makeshift playground” for children.
William Glackens was born in Philadelphia in 1870, and he died in Westport, Connecticut, in 1938. He is known for his American Impressionist style, and his works in different movements have earned him a reputation as a significant twentieth-century artist. Besides Far From The Fresh Air Farm, some of Glackens’ notable works include Portsmouth Harbor, New Hampshire, Nude with Apple, 29 Washington Square, and Italo-American Celebration, Washington Square.
Far From The Fresh Air Farm portrays the crude realities of impoverished urban life and stands as a testament to Glackens’ artistic ability to depict them. The painting has experienced fame in the art world, earning high regard for its meaning, style, and presentation. The piece is significant as it contributed to the American genre painting movement and became an iconic piece in Ashcan School’s repertoire.