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John French Sloan, 2 Aug 1871 - 8 Sep 1951  Search this
John French Sloan, 2 Aug 1871 - 8 Sep 1951  Search this
Dolly Sloan, 1876 - 1943  Search this
Robert Henri, 25 Jun 1865 - 12 Jul 1929  Search this
Linda Henri, 19 Jan 1875 - 8 Dec 1905  Search this
Etching on paper
Image: 18.5 × 22.4 cm (7 5/16 × 8 13/16")
Sheet: 27.8 × 35.3 cm (10 15/16 × 13 7/8")
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“Paint what you feel. Paint what you see. Paint what is real to you.” With that directive, the charismatic painter Robert Henri (1865–1929) persuaded a generation of American artists to dispense with time-honored European traditions and find fresh inspiration in the daily life of New York City. Together with John Sloan, whom he met in 1892, Henri led a rebellious group of painters who became known as the Ashcan School for their depictions of the gritty realities of urban life. Sloan and Henri’s shared dedication to realism strengthened their close friendship. The intimacy and productivity of their partnership is captured in this group portrait of the artists and their wives. While Sloan (right) and Henri (left) concentrate on drawing, Dolly Sloan (1876–1943) reads aloud and Linda Henri (1875–1905) gazes at the viewer. Linda’s death the previous year accounts for the print’s wist fully nostalgic title, Memory.
“Pinta lo que sientes. Pinta lo que ves. Pinta lo que es real para ti”. Con este lema, el carismático pintor Robert Henri (1865–1929) persuadió a una gene ración de artistas estadounidenses para que aban donaran las viejas tradiciones europeas y buscaran nueva inspiración en la vida diaria de la ciudad de Nueva York. Junto a John Sloan, a quien conoció en 1892, Henri encabezó un grupo de pintores rebeldes conocido como la Escuela Ashcan (“escuela del bote de basura”) porque representaban la realidad cruda de la vida urbana. La dedicación al realismo compartida por Sloan y Henri fortaleció su amistad. Su colaboración íntima y fructífera queda plasmada en este retrato con sus esposas. Mientras que Sloan (der.) y Henri (izq.) se concentran en sus dibujos, Dolly Sloan (1876–1943) lee en voz alta y Linda Henri (1875–1905) mira al espectador. La muerte de Linda el año anterior explica el título nostálgico de la obra, Recuerdo.
Printed Material\Book  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigar  Search this
Artist's Effects  Search this
Artist's Effects\Drawing board  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Pipe  Search this
Nature & Environment\Fruit  Search this
Interior\Domestic  Search this
Self-portrait  Search this
John French Sloan: Male  Search this
John French Sloan: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter  Search this
John French Sloan: Visual Arts\Artist\Illustrator  Search this
John French Sloan: Visual Arts\Art Instructor  Search this
Linda Henri: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
Linda Henri: Female  Search this
Dolly Sloan: Female  Search this
Dolly Sloan: Visual Arts\Art Patron  Search this
Dolly Sloan: Visual Arts\Artist's Model  Search this
Robert Henri: Male  Search this
Robert Henri: Literature\Writer  Search this
Robert Henri: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter  Search this
Robert Henri: Visual Arts\Art Instructor  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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© Delaware Art Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
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On View:
NPG, North Gallery 230a
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery