About John French Sloan

Image John French Sloan (1871 – 1951) American painter printmaker. As a member of The Eight, he became a leading figure in the Ashcan School of realist artists. He was known for his urban genre painting and etchings and for his ability to capture the essence of neighborhood life in New York City, often through his window. Sloan was deemed "the premier artist of the Ashcan School," artistically portraying energy and life of New York City during the early 1900's. His students included Alexander Calder, Reginald Marsh, Peggy Bacon, Aaron Bohrod, Barnett Newman, and Norman Raeben. In 1939 he published a book of his teachings, Gist of Art. As is the case with other artists who initially worked or trained as illustrators, such as Jacques Villon, Toulous-Lautrec, and the other members of "The Eight," who include: Robert Henri, Arthur B. Davies, Ernest Lawson, Maurice Prendergast, George Luks, William J. Glackens, and, later, George Bellows, the skill of draftsmanship is foremost in his work. The role of the illustrator before the days of the camera included the ability to quickly capture the essence of a scene. There are 75 works, mainly etchings, in this collection. All works are for sale; inquiries are welcoms via email: jclfa@jclfa.com