National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION

Tour: American Realists of the Early 1900s

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image of Snow in New York image of Both Members of This Club image of The Lone Tenement
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image of The City from Greenwich Village
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With forty percent of the United States' population living in urban environments by 1900, the city began to replace the countryside as an intriguing subject for American writers and painters. Also, these city dwellers' demands for illustrated newspapers and magazines meant that many artists in the early twentieth century trained as sketch reporters who could quickly capture the action at fires or strikes, sports events or theater premieres.



1Robert Henri, Snow in New York, 1902
2George Bellows, Both Members of This Club, 1909
3George Bellows, The Lone Tenement, 1909
4John Sloan, The City from Greenwich Village, 1922