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Guinea Boats

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John Sloan, Guinea Boats, 1916, oil on canvas, Museum Purchase: Helen Thurston Ayer Fund, © 1916 Estate of John Sloan, 80.54

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Title

Guinea Boats

Artist

John Sloan (American, 1871-1951)

Date

1916

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

20 in x 24 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature: John Sloan, brushed, lower left

Collection Area

Modern and Contemporary Art; American Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

American

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Helen Thurston Ayer Fund

Accession Number

80.54

Copyright

© 1916 Estate of John Sloan

Terms

boats

canvas

marines

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

Location

Belluschi Building

Hirsch Wing

2nd Floor

Anne K. Millis Galleries

Description

John Sloan is best known for his often somber scenes of early twentieth-century urban America. By the mid-1910s he had begun to adopt a brighter palette and to work directly from the subject rather than from his sketches and memories. From 1914–1918 he spent four summers in Gloucester, Massachusetts, working constantly from direct observation. In Guinea Boats, Sloan emphasized the large, geometric forms of the boats and warehouses. Although it appears spontaneous, the painting's composition and brushstrokes were carefully plotted and the color palette studiously limited.

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