John Sloan was a prominent member of the Ashcan School of painters. “Every good picture leaves the painter eager to start again, unsatisfied, inspired by the rich mine in which he is working, hoping for more energy, more vitality, more time—condemned to painting for life,” the artist once reflected. Born John French Sloan on August 2, 1871 in Lock Haven, PA, he grew up in Philadelphia where he worked at a print shop as teenager to help support his family. Sloan went on to work as an illustrator for the The Philadelphia Inquirer. During the early 1890s, Sloan met the artist Robert Henri, who encouraged the younger painter to copy the works of Manet and Hals. Sloan moved to New York in 1904, where began painting the lives of working class people amidst the backdrop of Greenwich Village and the Lower East Side. The artist’s empathy towards his subject’s difficult lives led him to join the Socialist Party in 1910. From 1918 onward, Sloan spent each summer in Santa Fe, NM, where he painted the landscape as well as the local Native American tribes. The artist died on September 7, 1951 in Hanover, NH. s.