John Sloan

Photo of John Sloan, 1891, from the Archives of American Art

John Sloan began his career as a newspaper illustrator and cartoonist at the Philadelphia Inquirer. He went on to train at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for four years.

At the conclusion of his studies he moved to New York City, where he became enamored with its fast-paced lifestyle.  He was naturally drawn to other artists who were interested in the same thing, and this group of artists came to be known as the “Ashcan School” for their gritty, sympathetic depictions of the urban poor.