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Dust Storm, Fifth Avenue

Artist:
John Sloan (American, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 1871–1951 Hanover, New Hampshire)
Date:
1906
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
22 x 27 in. (55.9 x 68.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
George A. Hearn Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
21.41.2
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 772
In 1906 Sloan and his wife moved to West Twenty-Third Street, a block and a half west of Madison Square and the renowned Fuller (“Flatiron”) Building, completed in 1902. On June 10, he noted in his diary: “In the afternoon, walking on Fifth Avenue, we were on the edge of a beautiful wind storm, the air full of dust and a sort of panicky terror in all the living things in sight.” This painting records the mayhem of that afternoon. It was, in fact, the Flatiron Building itself—the only skyscraper in a low-rise neighborhood—that created the wind-tunnel effect chronicled by Sloan.
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