Six O’Clock, Winter is an oil on canvas painting created by John Sloan in 1912. It is a prime example of New Realism style and is classified as a cityscape. The painting is housed at the Philips Collection located in Washington, DC and measures 26 1/8 x 32 inches in size. In this painting, Sloan highlights the powerful impact of the locomotive on man, depicting the shadowing and looming El over the bustling crowds.
Sloan was a significant figure in the Ashcan School, an early 20th-century revolution in American art. Six O’Clock, Winter illustrates the everyday experiences of modern life and documents city life with an unflinching eye. The painting captures the impact of the El on commuter travel and shows the powerful force of the locomotive over the masses. Sloan’s use of the New Realism style emphasizes the gritty reality of urban life, depicting the daily hustle and bustle in a true-to-life manner.