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ARTISTS / Sloan, John

American 1871-1951
John Sloane was an American painter, printmaker and draughtsman. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1892 to 1894 and worked as a commercial artist with the newspaper the Philadelphia Inquirer (1892-5) and later, the Philadelphia Press (1895-1903). He first gained national recognition for his illustrations in the turn-of-the-century poster style. He earned his living through magazine illustrations until 1916.

Through his association with Robert Henri and the group of young Philadelphia artists around him, Sloan began around 1897 to paint in oil and became interested in depicting city life. In 1904, he followed Henri to New York, where he stayed for the rest of his life. In 1908, he participated with seven other artists in an exhibition at the Macbeth Gallery to protest the conservative taste of the National Academy of Design. The group was dubbed The Eight, and several of the artists became known as Ashcan painters because they took as their subject matter, the seamier side of urban life.

Sloan is also renowned as a printmaker and was a master draughtsman. His etchings which date from 1888 to 1949 relate thematically to his paintings and influenced his late, linear painting style.

Sloan's reputation grew substantially after World War I. He was an important force in encouraging the development of art in the USA, and he taught at the Art Students League in New York from 1916 to 1932.

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"The Cinder-Path Tales"
Sloan, John
1896
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