Friday, August 2, 2013

Happy birthday, artist John French Sloan

In the Wake of the Ferry (1907) was depicted on a U.S. postage stamp honoring Sloan in 1971.
It is the birthday of artist John French Sloan (1871), who is best known as one of the founders of the Ashcan school of art, so called for the painters' penchant for depicting realistic urban scenes in New York City's working-class neighborhoods. It was developed around Robert Henri, Sloan's friend and mentor, and flourished briefly among newspaper illustrators in Philadelphia in the first decades of the 20th century. Sloan's work evolved over the years. For 30 years, he spent summers in Santa Fe, New Mexico, painting landscapes and scenes in the small Spanish town. Here is a sideshow of Sloan's work:

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