de Young & Legion of Honor ART on Demand

William Glackens

May Day, Central Park, ca. 1904

View Cart
Shop Main Online Store

About the Artwork

William Glackens, May Day, Central Park, ca. 1904
Oil on canvas, 25 1/8 x 34 1/4 in. (63.8 x 87 cm); Frame: 34 x 39 in. (86.4 x 99.1 cm). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase, gift of the Charles E. Merrill Trust with matching funds from the M. H. de Young Museum Society, 70.11

Glackens was a realist at odds with artistic conventions. Here, his dashing brushstroke and rich, brilliant color to capture the rowdy hustle and bustle of this springtime celebration in New York's Central Park. Well-dressed children wrestle and play in the sunlight while, in the shade, a maypole teeters, largely ignored. The artist, who worked as a newspaper illustrator, is particularly successful in conveying the energetic play of the children in a spontaneous and vigorous style. William Glackens established his artistic reputation at the turn of the century with his modern depictions of urban life. He was born and raised in Philadelphia, where he took night classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts while working as an artist-reporter for a local newspaper. He later moved to New York City, where he became one of the nation's premier commercial illustrators, a profession that provided him the stable income that enabled him to pursue painting.

Popular Images

About Our Prints


de Young & Legion of Honor ART on Demand offers exclusive custom reproductions of artworks in the collections and exhibitions of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Hand-made in the USA using gallery-quality materials, we create prints as true to the original work as possible, using strict color management protocols and state-of-the-art printing technology.


Many of the works offered through this store are exclusive and not available anywhere else. We are continually adding new artworks to our offering, so be sure to check back regularly as you build your own gallery. A variety of molding styles means our custom framed prints can match any type of decor.

Ordering & Return Policy

All ART on Demand items are custom-made for each order. Please allow 10-14 days for production time. You will receive shipping confimation and tracking upon shipment. Due to the custom nature of these items they are non-returnable.