John French Sloan, born 2 August 1871, was a prominent member of the so-called Ashcan School (a name he hated) of U.S. painters and a member of The Eight, which included Robert Henri, Everett Shinn, Arthur B. Davies, Ernest Lawson, Maurice Prendergast, George Luks and William Glackens.My mentor Harold Irving Smith studied with Henri at the old Art Students League in New York City and personally knew many of these giants. Sloan was a slow and ponderous workman, according the accounts of his peers, so did not have success in doing reportage for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked with Glackens. Both men developed great concern for the city poor and spent their lives in social protest. John Sloan died on 8 September 1951 in the month following his 80th birthday.
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This is a cover that Sloan did after the Ludlow Massacre of 20 April 1914 in Colorado.
A Sloan sketch of the incident, probably used to create the cover piece, above.
A Sloan sketch of a crippled sidewalk vendor.
Sun and Wind on the Roof, painted in 1915. Oil on canvas, 24 x 20 inches.
Collection of the Maier Museum of Art, Randolph-Macon Woman's College,Lynchburg, VA.
Mutoscope, A Sloan sketch of a penny arcade of the day.
John Sloan illustrated this story in The Century Magazine for April 1904.
The next series of drawings were also published in The Century Magazine a year later in the issuefor July 1905.