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Ashcan School Paintings
September 16, 2008 - July 17, 2010
Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, the LUAG Teaching Collection includes excellent examples of work from each member of The Eight, also known as the Ashcan School. This group of early 20th century American artists often painted gritty scenes of New York City tenement life, and were dubbed the Ashcan School by a critic who disliked their subject matter. The group was comprised of eight painters who were rejected by the National Academy exhibition in 1907. In response, they organized an alternative exhibition at the Macbeth Gallery, New York that is considered a milestone in the history of modern American painting.
A journalist of the time called them “The Eight.” The intellectual leader of the group was Robert Henri from Philadelphia, who was joined by four painters who had worked with him as newspaper illustrators: John Sloan, Everett Shinn, William Glackens and George Luks. Their subject matter portrayed the transient and everyday realities of American life. They were jointed by landscape painters Ernest Lawson and Maurice Prendergast, and symbolist Arthur B. Davies.
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