Painters Paintings John Sloan (1871–1951): The White Way, 1927, Oil on canvas, 76.5 × 81.9 cm (30 1…
Painters Work John Sloan (1871–1951): The White Means, 1927, Oil on canvas, 76.5 × 81.9 cm (30 1/8 × 32 1/four inches), Philadelphia Museum of Artwork
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A local of Philadelphia, John Sloan’s coaching at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Academy of the Positive Arts and his expertise as an artist-reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer served him nicely when he moved to New York in 1904. The bustling metropolis streets and crowded tenements equipped the artist with stimulating new subject material, as seen on this work, which depicts bundled-up pedestrians on a snowy night on the nook of Broadway and Fifty-Third Avenue. Recalling the chilly night by which he sketched this scene, Sloan later commented, “The conclusion of my environment had been frozen in my reminiscence, however I really feel that my struggling has been compensated for.” (Philadelphia Museum of Artwork)