Oil on Masonite
15" x 13"
Signed John Sloan, upper left
Provenance: Private Collection, Paradise Valley, Arizona acquired from Barbara Londin, New York, New York. Painting passed to Barbara Londin, daughter of Tillie Goldman in 2001. Painting acquired from Russian War Relief Fund by Tillie Goldman in 1942.
Literature: Elzea, Rowland. John Sloan's Oil Paintings: A Catalogue Raisonné, University of Delaware Press (Newark, NJ; 1991), Parts I & II, Catalogue No. 1123, Part II, p 395 (illus in b&w); Listed in the John Sloan archives as no. 1207
Notation written on verso “$100 To be sold for Russian War Relief, Apr 1942”. Accompanied by a photo certificate from Helen Farr Sloan dated September 28, 1981. Accompanied by a letter from Roland Elzea (editor of Sloan catalog raisonné) dated October 5, 1981.
Secondary Title: Small Nude (with Brass Ashtray) from the Sloan archives
John Sloan, an American Realist and one of the leading members of The Eight and the Ashcan School, is best known for his paintings and etchings of New York City life at the turn of the twentieth century. Sloan was on the organizing committee for the famous Armory Show of 1913 where he exhibited two paintings and a number of etchings. In 1914 he began teaching at the Art Students League where he spent eighteen years inspiring a generation of painters.
In the late 1920s, just as the market for his city paintings was on the rise, Sloan changed his technique and abandoned his characteristic urban subject matter in favor of nudes and portraits. Since most of his earlier images were of a social nature, contemporaries were puzzled when Sloan became almost exclusively preoccupied with what was perhaps the most unpopular genre in American art--the female nude. Even though his peers and the general public disapproved of these images he continued to focus on nude studies for over twenty years. Blonde Nude, Brass Bowl is indicative of the early nude studies that defined this period of his artistic career.