Documenting America: Scenes of Early-Century New York City Life in Paintings of John French Sloan
Sunday Women, Drying Their Hair, 1912
John French Sloan (August 2, 1871 – September 7, 1951) was an American painter and etcher. He is considered to be one of the founders of the Ashcan school of American art.
Documenting city life with an unflinching eye, John Sloan’s realism was part of an early 20th-century revolution in American art. Turning their backs on the refined subjects and styles of traditional art, the members of The Eight, commonly known as the Ashcan School, captured the everyday experiences of modern life.
Sloan was central to the group’s formation, and as an agitator for free artistic expression and new exhibition spaces, he was critical in bringing this new style to the public’s attention. Along with Robert Henri, Sloan brought American art to both national and international acclaim.
McSorley’s Bar painted in 1912
The Lafayette. A favorite haunt for Sloan and his friends was the Hotel Lafayette, located at Ninth Street and University Place in New York’s Greenwich Village.
Sixth Avenue and Thirtieth Street, New York City, 1907
Sun and Wind on the Roof, 1915
Pigeons – John Sloan – 1910
The City from Greenwich Village, 1922
Chinese Restaurant, 1909
Red Kimono on the Roof, 1912
Dust Storm, Fifth Avenue, 1906
Six O’Clock, Winter, 1912
Yeats at Petitpas’, 1910-1914
Reading in the Subway, 1926
Travelling carnival Santa Fe, 1934
Sunbathers on the roof, 1941
Turning Out the Light, from New York City Life, 1905