The Haymarket, Sixth Avenue
On View: American Identities: A New Look, American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The City and the Rise of the Modern Woman, 1900–1945, 5th Floor
The 1908 exhibition in which John Sloan’s The Haymarket, Sixth Avenue was shown drew headlines in New York (see illustration). Exhibited with the work of his colleagues in an artist group called The Eight, The Haymarket was especially provocative because it showed lavishly dressed women entering a wellknown dance hall unaccompanied by male companions. These women were independent and pleasure-seeking, in contrast to the expectations of society. This type of realism in art shocked many viewers who expected art to be idealizing and genteel.
Oil on canvas
26 1/8 x 34 13/16 in. (66.3 x 88.5 cm)
frame: 34 1/8 x 42 13/16 x 3 1/8 in. (86.7 x 108.7 x 7.9 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower left: "John Sloan .07"
Gift of Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney
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John Sloan (American, 1871-1951). The Haymarket, Sixth Avenue, 1907. Oil on canvas, 26 1/8 x 34 13/16 in. (66.3 x 88.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney
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