Everett Shinn

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Cross Streets of New York
1899 Everett Shinn

charcoal, watercolor, pastel, white chalk,and chinese white on
paper 55.3 x 74.3 cm (21 5/8
x 29 1/4 in.) Copyright Corcoran
Gallery of Art, Gift of Margaret M.
Hitchcock by exchange 

The following information was copied from pages 428 in:

 Craven, Wayne. American Art: History and Culture. New York: Abrams, 1994.

Everett Shinn (1876-1953) also began his career as an illustrator for the Philadelphia newspaper while studying at the Pennsylvania Academy.  He then took up painting grim street scenes of New York City after he settled there in the late 1890s.  During a trip to Paris Shinn became fascinated with theatrical life, which thereafter was frequently the subject of his canvases--as in London Hippodrome (1902, Art Institute of Chicago).  Shinn painted with the fluid brushstrokes of Henri, whose circle he joined.  Streetlife pictures such Early Morning, Paris caused critics to refer to Shinn and his friends as the Ashcan school.

Although he participated in the exhibition of The Eight at MacBeth's, Shinn's interest in the theater slowly drew him away from the art world.  He painted the decorations for New York City's Belasco Theater, and even tried his hand at writing plays.

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