JOHN SLOAN,Vintage Art Masterpieces,Vintage Prints for Sale Mc Sorleys Bar by JOHN SLOAN {American School}

Mc Sorleys Bar by JOHN SLOAN {American School}

Mc Sorleys BarMc Sorleys Bar

by {American School}


FOR thirty-five years, has been an active force in American art, an
interpreter of life in the great cities, celebrated at home and abroad as painter,
draftsman, and the foremost etcher of modern times. Never a lily painter
afraid to soil his hands in the grime of reality, he served a long apprentice­
ship as illustrator to newspapers in Philadelphia; and in 1905,

moved to New
York to join a group of congenial spirits including Bellows, Henri, Robin­
son, Luks, and Glackens. Belligerent and observant, he soon became a leader
and an influence, a man invariably on the side of social decency, an artist
who discerned and loved the humanity of the masses.


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When most American
painters were overborne by the dazzling surfaces of Manet and Sargent, Sloan,
a deadly realist, followed some deep-seated impulse which shunted him out
of the studio into the behavior of people in lower New York.

In the role of social historian, he has portrayed in thousands of etchings,
drawings, lithographs, and oils the life of his favorite locality-Washington
Square in every circumstance of color and movement: shopgirls returning
from toil, the old saloons, the Bohemian haunts of local geniuses,

the in­digence and gaiety of Greenwich Village in the days of its pristine glory,
the street, theaters, backyards, and public playgrounds. Modernistic art in
America has begotten nothing to compare with the vitality and scope of his
earlier work which, by right of intelligence and execution, ranks with the
studies of Hogarth.

Spurning the time-eaten subject matter of fashionable
romanticists, etching with fearless precision, painting in a straightforward
style, Sloan was long denied a lucrative market, and was forced into teach­
ing and book illustration. With his usual good sense, he understood that all
enduring art partakes of illustration, and for his work in this field he has
been honored by European connoisseurs.

McSorley’s Bar is a landmark in the story of American art. Painted in
1912, when the old bar in lower

New York was the rendezvous of the lowly,
it is not only an example of Sloan’s honest realism but also a portent of the
realistic tendency which, after the modernist influences had run their course,
was to guide American artists in the exploitation of regional subject matter.


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