Art: One of Eight

In a thousand college notebooks students of the history of U. S. painting have taken notes on a little group known as "The Eight." Of these young painters, mostly from Philadelphia, four were originally newspaper illustrators, who fought to fame against the stilted classicism of academic painting in the early 1900's. Their particular and private gods were Edouard Manet, Velasquez and Goya. Referred to as "The Ashcan School" by outraged critics, "The Eight" were: Robert Henri, John Sloan, George Luks, William J. Glackens, Arthur B. Davies, Ernest Lawson, Maurice Prendergast and Everett Shinn. They were men of vivid personality and...

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