Art of the 20th Century


Art Styles in 20th century - Art Map


John Sloan



John Sloan

born Aug. 2, 1871, Lock Haven, Pa., U.S.
died Sept. 7, 1951, Hanover, N.H.

American painter, etcher and lithographer, cartoonist, and illustrator, known for the vitality of hisdepictions of everyday life in New York City in the early 20th century.
Sloan was a commercial newspaper artist in Philadelphia, where he studied with Robert Henri. He followed Henri to New York, where in 1908 Henri, Sloan, and six others exhibited together as “The Eight.” Sloan's realistic paintings of urban genre gave rise to the epithet “Ashcan School.” For most of his life Sloan taught intermittently and, interested in social reform, did illustrations for the socialist periodical The Masses. In 1939 he published The Gist of Art.
His best period was from 1900 to 1920. In works such as “Sunday, Women Drying Their Hair” (1912); “McSorley's Bar” (1912); and “Backyards, Greenwich Village” (1914), he drew his inspiration directly from life, from the warm, pungent humanity of the New York scene. They are usually sympathetic portrayals of working men and women. More rarely his works evoke a mood of romantic melancholy, as in the “Wake of the Ferry” (1907). Occasionally, as in “Fifth Avenue Critics,” Sloan imparted a sharp, satiric note into his work. Late in life Sloan turned back to the Art Nouveau motifswhich had characterized his early work.




A Gloucester Day


The Cot


The Haymarket


Backyards, Greenwich Village


Gladys Carter


Wonson's Rocks and Ten Pound Island


Fishing Port, Gloucester




Gloucester Inlet


McSorley's Bar


Renganeschi's Saturday Night

Discuss Art

Please note: site admin does not answer any questions. This is our readers discussion only.

| privacy