Snowstorm in the Village

John Sloan American

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Sloan, a member of the artists’ group known as both the Eight and the Ashcan School, created unsentimental images of contemporary urban life. He honed his eye for detail through his work as an illustrator and, later, as the art director for The Masses. Snowstorm in the Village portrays the view from Sloan’s studio of the Sixth Avenue El’s elevated tracks, the Jefferson Market Court tower, and tenement buildings. Built in the 1870s, the Sixth Avenue El (or Elevated) was the second-oldest aboveground railroad in New York. Sloan captures the force of the train’s movement, as well as the powerful gusts of wind blowing snow. While the El was criticized for causing noise and vibrations in neighboring buildings, here it seems muffled under heavy clouds.

Snowstorm in the Village, John Sloan (American, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 1871–1951 Hanover, New Hampshire), Etching

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