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Ash Can School


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circa (1908-1918)


The Ashcan School was group of American artists, who are defined as a realist artistic movement that came into notoriety in the United States during the early twentieth century, best known for works portraying scenes of daily life in New York's poorer neighborhoods. The movement is most coupled with a group known as The Eight, whose members included five painters associated with the Ashcan school. The Ashcan School was not an organized group; their purpose was to tell some truths about the dirty city. Robert Henri, "wanted art to be akin to journalism.” He wanted “paint to be as real as mud, as the clods of horse-shit and snow, that froze on Broadway in the winter.” The Ashcan School rebelled against the well-mannered American Impressionism that represented the leaders of American art at the time. The art, usually dark in tone, captured the unpredictable moments of life and often displayed such subjects as drunks, prostitutes, butchered animals, overcrowded apartments with laundry hanging on lines, boxing matches, and wrestlers. It was their almost frequent spotlight on poverty and the everyday realities of urban life that impelled American critics to deem them the perimeter of modern art.








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