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Edward J. Glannon
(American, 1911-1992)
Sawbuck, 1957
Oil on Masonite, 20" x 24"
Gift of the Edward J. Glannon Family (2008.080)


Edward Glannon was a painter and printmaker known for his meditative landscapes.  Imbued with quiet poetry, paintings such as the Museum’s Sawbuck emanate an aura of moody reverie.  Overcast skies, a sawhorse lost in a sea of dead grass, and a tiny, seemingly insignificant bird all work together to evoke the passage of time and the transience of life.   In emotional tone, Sawbuck recalls the landscapes of Glannon’s near contemporary, Andrew Wyeth.


Glannon was born near Pittsburgh in 1911.  He studied at the Art Students League of New York, and in the early 1930s he traveled to the West with the Civilian Conservation Corps.  Eventually settling in Roslyn, Long Island, the artist continued to seek his subjects throughout the United States, painting in locations ranging from Utah to Florida to Maine.  Glannon was also active as a teacher, and for many years he served as instructor in Riverdale, New York; and Roslyn.