Provenance: Hatay Stratton, Inc., Vero Beach, Florida
Helen Farr Sloan (1911-2005) studied at the Art Students League with Boardman Robinson, John Sloan, and Charles Locke. Her contributions to American art history are as important as they are diverse. She was a painter, illustrator, lithographer, art educator, administrator, writer, editor, and designer of theater sets and costumes.
Helen Farr Sloan exhibited on a yearly basis at the Society of Independent Artists from 1929 through 1944 and her work was shown at other institutions as well. She served as director of the Society of Independent Artists between 1940 and 1944.
It was in 1944 that she married John Sloan, her former instructor who was about forty years older than her. The couple divided their time between Santa Fe and New York from 1944 to 1951, the year John Sloan died.
Helen and John painted landscapes almost exclusively during the times that they resided in the southwest. Based on the catalogue raisonne of John Sloan’s paintings, it is fairly clear that the style of John Sloan’s landscape painting is very similar to that of Helen Farr Sloan.