Modern and Contemporary Art
Sixth Avenue and Thirtieth Street, New York CityMade in United States, North and Central America
John Sloan, American, 1871 - 1951
Oil on canvas
1964-116-5Gift of Meyer P. Potamkin and Vivian O. Potamkin, 2000
LabelThis painting, which depicts an intoxicated woman crossing a street in a state of confusion and disarray, illustrates John Sloan’s compassionate, nonjudgmental approach to the squalor and misery he encountered in the Tenderloin district of Manhattan. The poor woman is framed by the dynamic elevated train on one side and the commercial thoroughfare on the other, which seem to heighten her sense of disorientation. Two young, fashionably dressed women jeer at the woman as they pass by, while the men on the corner look on with smug indifference. Sloan later commented that “this canvas has surely caught the atmosphere of the Tenderloin: drab, shabby, happy, sad, and human.”
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