John Sloan – Artwork & Bio of the American Painter

John Sloan was an American painter born on 2 August 1871 in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. Encouraged by his father, an amateur painter, Sloan pursued an art career and left school as a teenager. He practiced etching by copying prints from the bookstore where he worked. Sloan studied at the Spring Garden Institute and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

In 1904, Sloan moved to New York, where he exhibited with an organization called The Eight that he co-founded. Sloan was a massive contributor to the development and popularization of the group. From 1916, he taught art at the Art Students League and headed the Society of Independent Artists. He died from surgery complications on 7 September  1951 in Hanover, New Hampshire.

What was John Sloan Known For?

John Sloan was known for his realist depictions of urban life. Sloan’s oil paintings tell a story of the urban life of various people, simultaneously showing the viewer the individual and collective personalities of his subjects. His later works were landscapes of the Southwest region of America, as well as figure paintings.

Who was John Sloan Influenced By?

The Art Noveau style predominant in America influenced Sloan’s earliest works. His newspaper illustrations often contained witty subjects, games, and puzzles. Robert Henri and his circle of artist friends influenced Sloan’s mature artworks. After his move to New York City, Sloan associated with these artists and began painting depictions of city life.

What Art Movement was John Sloan Associated With?

John Sloan was associated with the Realism art movement. Sloan’s group – The Eight – focused on capturing urban scenes in the most natural form.

John Sloan Artwork

Sloan’s paintings have influenced the development of Social Realism in the American art world. Below are some of them

Boy with Piccolo


Chinese Restaurant

Easter Eve

Election Night

Gray and Brass

Hairdresser’s Window

McSorley’s Bar

Movies, Five Cents

Six O’Clock, Winter

South Beach Bathers

Spring Night, New York

Sunday, Women Drying Their Hair

The City from Greenwich Village

The Cot

The Haymarket

The Picnic Grounds

Wake of the Ferry

All John Sloan Artwork on Artchive

Artwork Name Year Medium
Fifth Avenue, New York 1909-1911 Oil On Canvas
Clown Making Up 1909 Oil On Canvas
Pigeons 1910 Oil on Canvas
Six O'Clock, Winter 1912 Oil on Canvas
South Beach Bathers 1907-08 Oil on Canvas
Election Night 1907 Oil on Canvas
McSorley's Back Room 1912 Oil on Canvas
McSorley's Bar 1912 Oil on Canvas
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