John French Sloan  (American, 1871-1951) 

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John Sloan (American, August 2, 1871–September 7, 1951), was a prominent figure in the Ashcan School of Realist artists. The Ashcan School focused on images of everyday life in urban areas. Sloan primarily used oil and acrylic paint in his works. He also created metal etches with acid. Some of Sloan's most famous works include The Hairdresser's Window, The Picnic Ground, and The Haymarket. All of these images depict scenes inspired by the town of Lock Haven, PA, where Sloan spent his childhood. His most famous pieces can be seen in the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. He focused his attention on the interactions of lower-class people when creating his works. Sloan had a mixture of formal training in a school setting and one-on-one training with a teacher to learn his skills.

Sloan lived in Lock Haven, PA, until 1904. He then moved to New York City and took a job to support his ailing father and sisters. Some of Sloan's first works were influenced by his role models Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528) and Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). He met a contemporary Realist artist, Robert Henri (American, 1865–1929) in 1892, and would later begin to learn from him. In addition, Sloan gained experience from his work as a draughtsman and learned formally at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

The subject matter of Sloan's paintings often led critics to associate him with the growing socialist movement in the Soviet Union and other parts of Europe, but he denied these allegations; he preferred to keep propaganda out of his work. Sloan was, however, a member of the Socialist party as of 1910. Most of Sloan's life was spent in Pennsylvania and New York City, but he also lived briefly in Gloucester, NY. Not all of Sloan's work depicted cities; he often spent summers in Santa Fe, NM, to practice depicting the natural desert scenery. Sloan's second wife, Helen Farr, is responsible for the preservation of his work. Sloan died in 1951 in New Hampshire.

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John French Sloan, Grace Emerson, Dancer

 

John French Sloan
Grace Emerson, Dancer
1917

Questroyal Fine Art, LLC
John French Sloan, The Acequia Madre

 

John French Sloan
The Acequia Madre
1922

Aaron Payne Fine Art
John French Sloan, Dogtown Valley in the Sun

 

John French Sloan
Dogtown Valley in the Sun
1916

Kraushaar Galleries Inc.
John French Sloan, Robert Henri: Painter

 

John French Sloan
Robert Henri: Painter
1931

Kiechel Fine Art
John French Sloan, White House and Apple Tree

 

John French Sloan
White House and Apple Tree
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John French Sloan, Sculpture in Washington Square

 

John French Sloan
Sculpture in Washington Square
1925

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John French Sloan, Oh Joy!  He found a nail loose behind a cellar window

 

John French Sloan
Oh Joy! He found a nail loose behind a cellar window
1906

Kiechel Fine Art
John French Sloan, Seven-toed Pete

 

John French Sloan
Seven-toed Pete
1929

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John French Sloan, Passing Schooner

 

John French Sloan
Passing Schooner
1917

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John French Sloan, Mother and Daughter, Santa Fe

 

John French Sloan
Mother and Daughter, Santa Fe
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John French Sloan, Hombres in the Sun; Black Pot (2 works)

 

John French Sloan
Hombres in the Sun; Black Pot (2 works)
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John French Sloan, The Women's Page (from New York City Life)

 

John French Sloan
The Women's Page (from New York City Life), 1905
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1871   Born August 2, 1871, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
1892   Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
1905   Awarded an honorable mention, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh
1915   Bronze medal, the San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exposition
1929   Elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters
1931   Carroll H. Beck Gold Medal for Vagis the Sculptor at the Pennsylvania Academy.
1942   First prize for the etching Fifth Avenue 1909 in the Artists for Victory Exhibition
1942   Elected to the Academy of Arts and Letters
1950   Awarded gold medal for painting by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
1951   Died September 7, 1951, Hanover, New Hampshire
  He was known as an illustrator, painter and etcher. His works are represented in the New York Public Library; Newark, New Jersey Public Library; Cincinnati Museum of Art; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
May 3, 2003 - 1952   Retrospective Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art
May 3, 2003 - 1948   Retrospective Exhibition at the Kraushaar Galleries, NY
May 3, 2003 - 1946   Seventy-fifth Anniversary Exhibition, Dartmouth College
May 3, 2003 - 1945   Artists of the Philadelphia Press
May 3, 2003 - 1940   Society of American Etchers
May 3, 2003 - 1938   Retrospective Exhibition, MA
May 3, 2003 - 1931   Pennslyvania Academy of Fine Arts
May 3, 2003 - 1917   Kraushaar Galleries, NY
May 3, 2003 - 1917   Exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists, NY
May 3, 2003 - 1916   Mrs. H.P. Whitney's Studio
May 3, 2003 - 1915   Panama - Pacific Exposition, San Francisco
May 3, 2003 - 1913   The Armory Show, NY
May 3, 2003 - 1911   MacDowell Club exhibitions
May 3, 2003 - 1910   Exhibition of Independent Artists
May 3, 2003 - 1908   Macbeth Gallery, NY
May 3, 2003 - 1900   Pennsylvania Academy's Annual Exhibition