John Sloan

A member of the Ashcan School, John Sloan (1871-1951) focused his paintings and prints on his favorite subject: the “drab, shabby, happy, sad, and human life” of a city and its people during the early 20th century. His images of pedestrians and public places helped define New York City in the popular imagination.  Sloan was also an able landscapist and portraitist. Thanks to the generosity of Helen Farr Sloan (1911-2005), the artist’s second wife and devoted widow, the Delaware Art Museum is home to the largest collection of art by Sloan, as well as the John Sloan Manuscript Collection, a treasure trove of archival materials.

The Delaware Art Museum organized the exhibition Seeing the City: Sloan’s New York, which focuses on John Sloan’s images of New York City in paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs to present an in-depth view of the artist’s years in the city and the city’s effect on his art. A website devoted to the exhibition is available at www.johnsloansnewyork.org.

Click on the images below for examples from our collection.

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Self Portrait
John Sloan
Wet Night, Washington Square
John Sloan

Spring Rain
John Sloan