The Rathskeller

The Rathskeller

1901

John Sloan

(American, 1871-1951)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 110.6 x 89.2 x 7 cm (43 9/16 x 35 1/8 x 2 3/4 in.); Unframed: 90.5 x 69 cm (35 5/8 x 27 3/16 in.)

Gift of the Hanna Fund 1946.164

Description

Economic differences infuse Sloan’s scene of patrons at a Philadelphia bar. Here, a working-class woman sharing a beer with a companion captures the attention of a lone man who has ordered the more costly champagne. One contemporary critic characterized this wealthier man as “a spider watching for the fly.”

See also
Collection: 
American - Painting
Type of artwork: 
Painting
Medium: 
Oil on canvas

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