This celebration of male companionship attests to Sloan’s conviction that the real artist finds beauty in common things. Sloan often stopped at this New York neighborhood saloon, fascinated by the range of humanity he found there. McSorley’s Old Ale House retains this mood and character even today, with one notable change; in 1970, protests by feminists put an end to what had for more than one hundred years been an exclusively male domain.
Artist John Sloan
American, 1871-1951
Title
  • McSorley's Bar
Date 1912
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 26 x 32 in. (66 x 81.3 cm)
Framed: 32 7/8 x 39 1/4 x 3 in. (83.5 x 99.7 x 7.6 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, General Membership Fund
Accession Number 24.2
Department American Art before 1950
On View Modern C236, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed, lower right: John Sloan
the artist;
1924-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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