For the collector of Ashcan School/The Eight, or early 20th century American art, here is a special work: a pencil signed print by JOHN SLOAN (1871-1951), titled "Man Monkey", and inscribed "100 proofs". This special piece, which dates to the year 1905, came from the personal collection of Peter Morse, who wrote the catalog raisonne of Sloan's graphic work. There is a charming typed letter in a sleeve on the reverse side, on the letterhead of Morse in Washington, D.C., dated Christmas 1966. It reads as follows: " "Dear Rick and Dale: This print, entitled "Man Monkey", is one of John Sloan's most famous. He made it in 1905, and later commented on it: "In the side streets of the Chelsea and Greenwich Village districts, the one-man band with hand organ accompanist furnished free entertainment to those who dropped no pennies. He worried the horse-drawn traffic of the time, but before many years the automobile and motor truck cleared him from the streets." I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. (It is in my own collection, and was long before I started on the book.) Love, Peter". " The print has not been examined out of the frame but it appears to be in very fresh, clean condition, the paper not yellowed nor foxed. Measurements inside the mat are 6 3/8" by 7 3/4" (12 5/8" by 16 1/2" as framed). All in all it appears to be in exceptional condition for a print over 100 years old. The artist of course needs little introduction; he is one of the major figures of 20th century American art, as teacher and as artist. Oil paintings have exceeded 2 million dollars at auction. Sloan was one of the participants in the famous 1913 Armory Show, and is viewed as a pivotal figure in the Ashcan realist group. Although he is associated with the New York art scene, later in life he spent a lot of time in Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico. See the net for much, much more on Sloan and his contributions to American art. .
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