Los Angeles

John Sloan

Long Beach Museum of Art

John Sloan’s long life spanned the period in which American art came of age, and he was instrumental in the maturing process. While his American art is secure, he remains somewhat in the limbo of unappreciation that comes to many artists following their deaths before they are properly evaluated and placed in the over-all artistic scheme of things.

The earlier paintings in this extensive retrospective show a freedom, a sureness of brush stroke, a verve that is pleasing. As his work progressed, the brush stroke grew quieter, and the painting media became dryer and tighter, and line began to emerge, to the point that in some of the later works, surfaces are crossed by a thin hatching, rather giving the effect of crazing in the surface of a glaze. But the continual search to discover new territory in his vision is plain, even if the results do not reach the same heights as the earlier work.

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