John Sloan

Drawing on Illustration

Michael Lobel

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April 29, 2014
240 pages, 8 x 10
25 color + 125 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300195552
Cloth

The American realist artist John Sloan (1871–1951) is best known for his portrayals of daily life in early 20th-century New York and as a member of The Eight and the Ashcan School, alongside peers like Robert Henri, Everett Shinn, and George Luks. Sloan’s artistic approach was shaped by his experience as a commercial illustrator, a type of work that inaugurated his professional career—at newspapers like the Philadelphia Press and later for mass-market magazines—and which he pursued even after he turned his focus to painting. In John Sloan: Drawing on Illustration, Michael Lobel explores the impact of Sloan’s illustrating on his wider output, including his paintings, his drawings for the radical journal The Masses, and his response to the watershed 1913 Armory Show. Illuminating the interaction between art and popular culture, this book provides an important new framework for understanding the modern genre of illustration, and in so doing touches on major 20th-century currents, including the rise and expansion of the mass media and the visual legacy of European modernism.
Michael Lobel is professor of art history at Purchase College, State University of New York.
John Sloan: Drawing on Illustration is a model of theoretical sophistication, graceful writing, depth of research, and brilliant analysis. Michael Lobel shows how Sloan negotiated the tension between painting and popular commodity imagery, modern and commercial models of creativity, and hand and mechanical production.”—Jennifer L. Roberts, Harvard University

Winner of the 2016 Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art sponsored by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.