July 8 – September 10, 2017

Maurice Prendergast, People on a Waterfront Walk, 1916-18, pastel on paper, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Charles H. Davis in memory of Mr. Davis, 1937.52.3.

Drawn largely from the collection of Barbara Belgrade, this exhibition of paintings and works on paper explores the vitality and vision of American art at the turn of the 20th century. In a time of sweeping change, artists of the so-called Ashcan School focused on urban life, painting the energy of New York City’s streets, as well as the gritty reality of alleys and overcrowded tenements. The Ashcan artists, loosely led by Robert Henri, included George Luks, William Glackens, John Sloan, and Everett Shinn, among others, who rebelled against academic restrictions to create an unsentimental vision of modern life.

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