Shop Girls

Artist: William James Glackens (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1870–1938 Westport, Connecticut)

Date: ca. 1900

Medium: Pastel and watercolor on illustration board

Dimensions: 13 5/8 x 14 3/8 in. (34.6 x 36.5 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Gift of A. E. Gallatin, 1923

Accession Number: 23.230.1


Like John Sloan, Glackens found his early subject in modern working women. This striking pastel, given to the Metropolitan by the modernist artist, critic, and collector A. E. Gallatin, captures the dynamism of crowded streets, where the mixing of genders, ethnicities, and classes increasingly defined urban life.