Coastal scene painted in blues, with land mass cutting diagonally across the lower left corner. Cloud-filled sky above sharp horizon line, filling top-most quarter composition.

Seacoast, Gloucester

John Sloan


John Sloan is associated with the Ashcan School, a group of realist painters who made daily life in New York City a frequent subject of their work. Sloan arrived in New York in 1904, taking up residence in Greenwich Village, where he painted many of his best-known works. Sloan’s work was not confined to the city, however. He was also a gifted landscape painter, evident in this view of the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Sloan first visited the scenic fishing village in 1914, returning for the next four summers. In the city, Sloan worked from memory in his studio, but in Gloucester he painted in the open air. Sloan later recalled, “My first summer in Gloucester afforded the first real opportunity for continuous work in landscape and I really made the most of it. Working from nature gives, I believe, the best means of advance in color and design.”

  • Titles Seacoast, Gloucester (Proper)
  • Artist John Sloan, American, 1871 - 1951
  • Medium oil on canvas
  • Dimensions 20 x 23 3/4 in. (50.8 x 60.3 cm) frame: 27 5/16 × 31 1/4 × 2 1/4 in. (69.4 × 79.4 × 5.7 cm)
  • Credit Line Gift of Kay Blount Miles, given in celebration of the life of her father, Wynton M. Blount, on his 75th birthday, 1996.2, image © 2018 Delaware Art Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Work Type painting
  • Classification Paintings
  • On View