At Mouquin’s
At Mouquin’s
Portrait of Willie Gee
Portrait of Willie Gee
Forty-Two Kids
Forty-Two Kids
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Both Members of this Club
McSorley's Bar
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Introducing: The Ashcan School

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Known for its gritty urban subject matter, dark palette, and gestural brushwork, the Ashcan School was a loosely knit group of artists based in New York City who were inspired by the painter Robert Henri. The group believed in the worthiness of immigrant and working-class life as artistic subject matter and in an art that depicted the real rather than an elitist ideal. While their subject matter was revolutionary, their manner of painting finds precedents in the Realism of 17th-century Spanish and Dutch art. In the United States, prior to the arrival of the Ashcan School, American Impressionism, with its pleasing and luscious displays of the feminine and peaceful idylls, held sway. Their main achievement was to reverse the formula of previous New York painters by focusing on the dynamic energy of the people. (The Art Story)

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At Mouquin’s
At Mouquin’s
Portrait of Willie Gee
Portrait of Willie Gee
Forty-Two Kids
Forty-Two Kids
Both Members of this Club
Both Members of this Club
McSorley's Bar
McSorley's Bar