John Sloan: Figuring the Painter in the Crowd

Lobel, Michael
September 2011
Art Bulletin;Sep2011, Vol. 93 Issue 3, p345
Academic Journal
The article discusses American artist John Sloan and suggests that his work serves as meditation on art and picturing rather than visual records of contemporary urban life. The author describes the 1907 painting "Hairdresser's Window" and discusses spatial ambiguity and lettering and signs in the painting. Other topics include newspaper word puzzles designed by Sloan, Sloan's work as an allegory of painting, comparisons of Sloan to the artist Gustave Courbet, and the depiction of crowds in Sloan's work. Other paintings discussed include the 1907 works "Election Night" and "Movies, Five Cents" and the 1910 work "Clown Making Up."


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