John French Sloan, “South Beach Bathers” (1908)

30 Jun

A close friend of Robert Henri for nearly two decades, John French Sloan was one of  the founding members of the Ashcan School — a term he despised.  Sloan was known primarily for urban genre painting, with a special affection for the neighborhood life of New York City at the dawn of the Twentieth Century.  Unlike Henri, Sloan was not a quick painter, and was known for laboring at length over his works.  Henri once jokingly remarked that “Sloan” is the past participle of “Slow.”   Like all of Sloan’s works, South Beach Bathers is abuzz with energy — you can almost smell the salt air.

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