John Sloan (1871-1951)
Property from the Estate of Helen Farr Sloan/John Sloan Trust, Sold to Benefit the Delaware Art Museum
John Sloan (1871-1951)

Scavenger's Rocks

John Sloan (1871-1951)
Scavenger's Rocks
signed '-John Sloan-' (lower left)--signed again and inscribed with title (on the reverse)--inscribed with title again (along tacking edge)
oil on canvas
20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm.)
Painted in 1914.
The artist.
Helen Farr Sloan, wife of the above.
Estate of the above.
John Sloan Trust.
By bequest to the present owner.
G. Holcomb III, A Check List for John Sloan's Paintings, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, 1970, p. 28, no. JS#237.
R. Elzea, John Sloan's Oil Paintings: A Catalogue Raisonné, Part One, Newark, Delaware, 1991, p. 149, no. 299, illustrated.
Kraushaar Galleries, Inc., John Sloan: The Gloucester Years, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1994, n.p., illustrated.
New York, Kraushaar Galleries, Inc., John Sloan: The Gloucester Years, April 26-June 4, 1994.

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Lot Essay

John Sloan executed this work in 1914 in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he spent many summers painting. Being in Gloucester provided Sloan with the freedom to explore new concepts and painterly techniques. Sloan remarked, "I had been dependent on waiting for the inspiration to paint a picture because I had so little leisure time to work for myself. So I decided to save up enough money to take off a few months, go to the country and work from nature, to get fresh ideas about plastic design and color rhythms." (J. Sloan, Gist of Art, New York, 1939, p. 29)

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