Helen Farr Sloan | A Discerning Eye

Helen Farr Sloan (1911–2005) represents a unique artist on POBA, for she was not only a talented artist and print maker in her own right, but also a patron of the arts, educator, and the main proponent of her husband’s artistic legacy, the American master, John Sloan. From the age of 16 and through her twenties, she produced a canon of ambitious prints and paintings, though only a small number of these works survive to this day. Like many New York artists in the 1930s, she found her subjects in daily life in the cafes, streets and subways of New York City. She drew on her many visits to Santa Fe, NM, from which some of her Native American subjects derive. True to her times and training, her sketchbooks are also filled with nudes and model studies. Her contributions to the arts exceed her own work as well. In addition to being the driving force behind the preservation of John Sloan's legacy, she was a major philanthropist, art researcher, and champion of women artists at a time when few others supported these efforts.

These works are made available by the Delaware Art Museum, Gift of Helen Farr Sloan, 1978 © Delaware Art Museum /Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

image Gallery Scene c.1938
image 59th Street, New York City c. 1930
image W.P.A. Theater c.1935
image Port Gaverne 1927
image Prohibition Beer c.1930
image Feline No. II, Angna Enters 1930
image City Street with Elevated Train Track 1932
image Harry Wickey, Retroussage c.1930
image Angna Enters, Dutch Dance c.1930
image Apache Devil Dance c.1930
image Procession 1930
image Sketchbook 1935