This collection emphasizes those artists who pioneered new artistic vocabularies of modernism and includes artists of New York’s Ashcan School as well as other leading modernists such as Charles Demuth, Edward Hopper, Walt Kuhn, and others. The works were primarily acquired through gift or the gift of purchasing funds from Eulalie Merrill Wagner and Helen Bailey Murray. Both the Wagners and Murrays were founders of Tacoma Art Museum and the Murrays gifted TAM the museum building at 12th and Pacific Avenue. Both families were integral to the Northwest’s burgeoning timber industry.
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William James Glackens (American, 1870 ‑ 1938), Natalie in a Blue Skirt, 1914. Oil on canvas, 27 5/8 x 21 5/8 in. (70 x 54.8 cm). Tacoma Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Corydon Wagner, Sr., 1971.1