Dust Storm, Fifth Avenue

Artist: John Sloan (American, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 1871–1951 Hanover, New Hampshire)

Date: 1906

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 22 x 27 in. (55.9 x 68.6 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: George A. Hearn Fund, 1921

Accession Number: 21.41.2

Rights and Reproduction: © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Living near New York’s famed Flatiron Building off Madison Square, John Sloan frequently found his subject matter in the neighborhood. On June 10, he noted in his diary: "In the afternoon, walking on Fifth Avenue, we were on the edge of a beautiful wind storm, the air full of dust and a sort of panicky terror in all the living things in sight." This painting captures the mayhem of that afternoon, in which the Flatiron Building itself—the only skyscraper in a low-rise neighborhood—created the wind tunnel effect depicted by Sloan.