Sloan (1932-2008), was a prominent figure in the Philadelphia art community. An alumnus of Fleisher Art School and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Sloan taught still-life, landscape, portrait and figure painting classes at PAFA from 1962-1997.
oil on canvas, 34 x 44″, signed and dated in recto
Sloan was the recipient of a long list of awards including, PAFA’s third annual Distinguished Alumni Award and the Jennie Sesnan Gold Medal, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant, the Emily Lowe Grant, the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and the James Van Der Zee Award from Philadelphia’s Brandywine Workshop, Sloan also received tributes in the halls of government from Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell, Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode, and most recently on November 4, 2008, from Mayor Michael A. Nutter. His paintings are in the collecitons of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Woodmere Art Museum.
Sloan favored a somber pallet for his accutely observed paintings of his native city and rural Pennsylvania landscapes. Winter Landscape recalls Winslow Homer’s Fox Hunt in the collection of PAFA. Sloan reduces the scene even further to poem of white grays under a leaden sky and puncuated by dry grasses and wind-exposed rock. Sloan’s true passion was landscape painting and it is in paintings such as, Frost Valley in the Catskills, 1995, that his great techinical skills, unique artistic vision and masterful rendering of nature are brought together. Sloan was memorialized with a 2009 exhibtion of some 30 paintings at PAFA in 2009.
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