Art: Determined Drifter

At 76, John Sloan is something of an old master. "But," says Sloan, "if I hadn't been fired from the old Philadelphia Press in 1904, I probably wouldn't have been an artist at all. I'm really just a drifter." As Manhattan gallerygoers could see last week, Sloan's determined drift has taken him far.

On the Press, Sloan, like Fellow Draftsmen Glackens and Shinn, sketched the fires, suicides and parades which news photographers cover today. Of necessity they learned to select story-telling details and to set them down recognizably and fast. Later, under the leadership...

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