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John Sloan


Untitled (reclining woman on a sofa)

Creation Date



20th century


10 5/16 in. x 16 3/8 in. (26.19 cm x 41.59 cm)

Object Type


Creation Place

North America, American

Medium and Support

red crayon on off-white wove paper

Credit Line

Bequest of George Otis Hamlin


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Accession Number

John Sloan was a widely known but economically unsuccessful member of “The Eight,” a group of artists gathered around the painter Robert Henri (1865--1929) who exhibited in 1908 in New York’s Macbeth Gallery and strove to develop artistic expressions true to the experience of urban life in the modern era. As Henri’s student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and even more so as a teacher at the New York Art Students League, Sloan was well aware of the importance of figure studies for artistic education in drawing and painting. However, when he submitted himself to this time-proven practice, he unsettled conventions. Here, the model’s pose on a bed and her covering of her face create a startling ambiguity of movement and rest, availability and withdrawal. The drawing is characteristic of Sloan’s untiring fascination with modern women.

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