Helen Farr Sloan
(1911 - 2005)
Helen Farr Sloan was active/lived in Massachusetts, New York. Helen Sloan is known for city genre, landscape, graphics.
Helen Farr Sloan
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Biography from the Archives of askART
Born in New York City where she remained active, Helen Sloan was a
painter, writer, teacher and theater set and costume designer.
She graduated from The Brearley School in 1929 and then studied at the
Art Students League with John Sloan, Harry Wickey, Charles Locke and
Boardman Robinson. She took anatomy classes at Cornell University
Medical School, studied weaving, pottery, metalwork, wood carving and
jewelry making at the Craft Students League, and then made four study
trips to Europe between 1927 and 1936.
Biography from Apple Ridge Fine Arts
In 1944, she married
John Sloan, whose writings on the philosophy of art she had edited and
who had been her teacher. From 1940 to 1944, she was director of
the Society of Independent Artists and entered each of their sixteen
annual exhibitions from 1929 through 1944. She was an active
member of the Art Students League, the Highlands Art Association, and
the Petersham, Massachusetts Handicraft Guild.
In New Mexico, where she and John Sloan lived in Santa Fe, she was co-founder of the New Mexico Alliance for the Arts.
New York, Sloan spent eight years designing costumes and sets for the
King-Coit Children's Theatrical School in New York and chaired the art
deparment at the Nightingale-Bamford School for Girls.
After her husband's death in 1951, Helen Sloan devoted herself to turning
his estate into a philanthropic instrument. The largest benefactor was
the Delaware Art Museum, which recieved more than 5000 works including
painting representing every phase of his career and his archival
papers. With these acquisitions, the Museum became the leading
repository for the study of Sloan. In honor of the ongoing support by
Helen Farr Sloan, museum representatives named its library the Helen
Farr Sloan Library.
Paul Sternberg, Sr. Art by American Women
Obituary, Antiques and The Arts Weekly, March 10, 2006, p. 67
Helen Farr was born in New York City in 1911. She received her training at the Art Students League, studying under Boardman Robinson and her future husband, the celebrated artist of the Ashcan school, John Sloan.
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A painter, illustrator, lithographer and art educator, Farr also designed sets and costumes for children's theater productions. She wrote and edited a book on Sloan's teachings and philosophy of art in 1939. Farr married Sloan (nearly 40 years her senior) five years later.
A member of the Society of Independent Artists, Farr served as its director from 1940-44 and exhibited work in each of the annual exhibitions of the Society from 1929 through 1944. Farr's work was also shown at the Hudson Guild in New York, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the de Young Museum of Art in San Francisco.
Farr's work celebrates everyday life. In commenting on the philosophy of the artist Robert Henri, she revealed her own. "He encouraged his pupils to be interested in the world outside themselves," Farr wrote of Henri, "and to see beauty in what is familiar to others, often in what may seem drab or ugly to the callous mind."
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