Sloan, John

Eminent American realist artist, member of “The Eight” and “Ashcan School”

Price: $150.00

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(1871-1951) American artist, member of "The Eight", group of American artists (Henri, Shinn, Davies, Lawson, Prendergast, Luks, and Glackens), leading figure in “Ashcan School” of realist artists. Known for his urban genre painting and ability to capture essence of NYC neighborhood life, often through his window. Raised in Philadelphia, high school classmates incl. William Glackens and Albert C. Barnes. In 1892 began taking night classes at Penna. Academy of the Fine Arts. At an 1892 Christmas party, he met Robert Henri, charismatic advocate of artistic independence who became a mentor. In April 1904, Sloan moved to Greenwich Village where he painted some of his best-known works. It was his most prolific period, but he sold little, and worked as a freelance illustrator. Joined Socialist party 1910, became art editor of The Masses from Dec. 1912 issue until 1916, contributed drawings to Socialist publications The Call and Coming Nation. In 1913, Sloan participated in the Armory Show, member of the committee that organized it, and also exhibited 2 paintings and 5 etchings. Exposure to European modernist works there initiated a gradual move away from urban themes he had been painting the previous 10 years. For summers of 1914-18, went to Gloucester, Mass., where he painted landscapes outdoors in a new, more colorful style. From 1914, he taught at the Art Students League for about 10 years. From summer 1919 and for next 30 years, spent 4 months each summer in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where desert landscape inspired new concentration on rendering of form. Still, majority of his works were completed in NYC. The Society of Independent Artists, which Sloan co-founded in 1916, gave Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco their first US showing in 1920. Among Sloan's best-known paintings are “Hairdresser's Window”, “The Picnic Ground”, and “The Haymarket” (1907), “McSorley's Bar” (1912). In 1971, his painting “Wake of the Ferry” (1907) was reproduced on a US postage stamp honoring Sloan. His students included Alexander Calder, Reginald Marsh, Peggy Bacon, Aaron Bohrod, Barnett Newman, and Norman Raeben. 3 ¾ x 7 ¼ Ohio collector’s envelope, postmarked Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 24 1947, upon which Sloan has added his signature and return address, crossing out collector's printed return address, and hand-addressing envelope to the Ohio collector despite printed address thereon. With book print of “Wake of the Ferry No. 2.” for possible framing.

Condition: Very good, slight burn in center, cut open at right side
Type:Signed Envelope






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