* John French Sloan
Playing to Empty Seats, 1913
crayon, frottage, watercolor, ink and charcoal on paper laid to illustration board
signed John Sloan and dated (lower left)
23 x 16 3/4 inches.
Estimate $ 60,000-80,000
Property from the Collection of Carol H. and Richard M. Levin, Kansas City, Missouri
Kraushaar Galleries, New York, 1936
Childs Gallery, Boston, 1952
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur G. Altschul
Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner, 1978
New York, New York, Folsom Galleries, Initial Exhibition of the American Salon of Humorists, April 17-May 1, 1915
Andover, Massachusetts, Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips
Academy, John Sloan Retrospective Exhibition, 1938
New York, New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art, This is Our City: An Exhibition of Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Prints, March 11-April 13, 1941, no. 131
New York, New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and elsewhere, John Sloan 1871-1951, January 10-March 2, 1952
New York, New York, The Century Association, Exhibition of Life in New York City, 1954
Minneapolis, Minnesota, University of Minnesota, University Gallery, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, Grand Rapids Art Gallery, Music and Art, April 4-May 18, 1958
New York, New York, The Breerly School, Parents Lounge, Art in the United States, Part 2, 19th and Early 20th Century, 1964
Washington, DC, National Gallery of Art, and elsewhere, John Sloan 1871-1951: His Life and Paintings, September 18- October 31, 1971, no. 90
Fort Worth, Texas, Amon Carter Museum of Art, and Los Angeles, California, Frederick S. Wight Art Gallery, University of California, The American Personality, The Artist-Illustrator of Life in the United States, 1860-1930, July 8-August 22, 1976
Kansas City, Missouri, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Art of Paper: Highlights from the American Collection, February-December, 2009
Harper's Weekly, December 6, 1913, p. 25, illus.
"EXHIBITION OF AMERICAN HUMOR; "Salon of Humorists" at Folsom Galleries Has Plenty of Fun and Art and Is Distinctively American. Work of Well-Known Artists Represented Shows Moderation and Precision of Statement," New York Times, April 18, 1915
Folsom Galleries, Initial Exhibition of the American Salon of Humorists, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1915
J. Sloan, Gist of Art, New York, 1939, p. 238 (incorrectly dated 1914), illus.
Addison Gallery of American Art, John Sloan Retrospective Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, Andover, Massachusetts, 1938, no. 14, pp. 80, 82, illus.
L. Goodrich, John Sloan 1871-1951, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1952, no. 119, p. 84
D. Scott, and E. John Bullard, John Sloan, 1871-1951: His Life and Paintings, exhibition catalogue, Washington, DC, 1971, no. 90, pp. 131, 215, illus.
Amon Carter Museum of Art, The American Personality, The Artist-Illustrator of Life in the United States, 1860-1930, exhibition catalogue, Fort Worth, 1976, no. 234, p. 110, 137, illus.
H. Adams, American Drawings and Watercolors from the Kansas City Region, exhibition catalogue, Kansas City, 1992, pp. 142-144, illus.
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