Snowstorm in the Village, 1925. Etching
John French Sloan was an American painter, illustrator, printmaker, and a founding member of the Ashcan School. As a young artist in Philadelphia, Sloan found employment at an old bookstore where he discovered the works of Rembrandt and Durer. Sloan took to copying the master prints and was soon hired as an illustrator and printmaker, excelling at etching, a medium that amplified his drawing abilities.
Jewelry Store Window, 1906. Etching
After taking formal classes at the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts, Sloan was able to develop an oil painting practice and form friendships with like-minded artists, including Glackens, Luks and Shinn.
Sculpture in Washington Square, 1925. Etching
Hell Hole, 1917. Etching
In 1904, Sloan moved to New York City where he made his most iconic works and exhibited with his peers known as “The Eight.” Sloan was not interested in creating an idealized view of the bourgeoisie but of portraying the reality of urban life for the poor and working class. In 1910, Sloan joined the Socialist Party and contributed graphic work for socialist publications. Sloan also supported his practice by teaching at the Art Students’ League for nearly two decades.
Fashions of the Past, 1926. Etching and aquatint
By the end of his life, Sloan created an exceptional portfolio of etchings. His prints are similar in subject matter to his paintings, showing everyday scenes from bars, rooftops, and alleyways. Sloan’s prints continue to sell for large sums at galleries and auctions.