Blue Kimono by John Sloan (1913)

Sloan was one of the New York painters who brought European styles to America in the first decades of the 20th century. This painting evokes Manet’s “Olympia” and, in turn, Renaissance Venuses, but is completely modern.

Here, Sloan’s picture of three women drying their hair on the rooftop of a Manhattan building reminds me of the nudes by Degas I saw earlier this summer. It is obvious Sloan was completely familiar with the style and philosophy of the modern French masters, but added his own “American” ideas.

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