Glackens was a member of The Eight, a group of American painters based in New York that sought to challenge the artistic establishment and bridge the gap between art and everyday life. This painting is one of a series Glackens painted during visits to Bellport, Long Island, with his family between 1911 and 1916. His colorful palette and impressionist-inspired brush strokes imbue the painting with the warm energy of a summer’s day. The well-dressed subjects crowding the docks with straw hats and parasols represent affluent families who seek escape from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. Nevertheless, the congestion caused by these tourists disrupts the tranquility of the seaside town.
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