Ash Can School - Ash Can School: (1908 - 1918) Following...

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Unformatted text preview: Ash Can School: (1908 - 1918) Following the dictum "art for lifes sake" the Ash Can school shocked audiences with their depictions of new themes that included the streets and city life. The groups name derives from the urban garbage can image and hostile critics also named the group the "black gang." The group was begun by Robert Henri in Philadelphia around 1891, and soon gained the attention of newspaper illustrators George Luks, John Sloan, William Glackens, and Everett Shinn. Henri was an admirer of American realist painters Thomas Eakins and Thomas Anshutz. The Ash Can School group was more revolutionary in subject matter than style. The artists strived to paint what was real about urban life, finding beauty in that truth. The group of American painters focused on common urban scenes with unpleasant and unfashionable subjects such as the working class, the...
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