John Sloan, NY Rooftops


Ms. Hulsers favorite painting by John Sloan is Stealing the Wash, and it is also in the show. Mr. Sloan moved to New York from Philadelphia in 1904 and used binoculars to gain a better view of New Yorkers lives atop the tenements. The painting shows an older man stealing woolen socks from a clothesline. Mr. Sloan wrote that as he watched, the thief tried on all the woolen socks before stowing them in his neat bundle and climbing down the fire escape.

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