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Delightful Ash Can Special
by Charles Andrew Taylor (1910-1975)
Delivered Free To Your Wall For $3000!
Curator's Comment: Our current special is a 24 x 36 oil on canvas with a
popular Ash Can School theme, focused on a young woman drying her hair
for free in pre-blow dryer times. Philadelphia-based Charles Andrew
Taylor (1910-1975) is clearly remembering the John Sloan masterpiece
showing the same subject, which broke ground for the Eight's emphasis on
Social Realism. Taylor studied at the National Academy of Design and
won a  Benjamin Altman  Prize in the Landscape category for the work in
1954. It was subsequently exhibited at the NAD 130th annual exhibition
for 1955. The Academy then purchased the painting through the Henry
Ward Ranger Fund and subsequently gifted it to the Montclair Art
Museum, and we acquired the painting following its deaccession. Taylor
went from NAD prize-winner to a painter of Philadelphia architectural
motifs to work as a full-time architect. His early work (see below),
recently auctioned at Freeman's and Christie's, has attracted much
interest.  A new, gilt gallery style frame has been used for this work,
which is in top quality condition.
This "fun" painting is one of our faves!
John Sloan's "Women Drying
Their Hair" is among the most
famous of all Ash Can works.
Taylor's oil, "Demolition,"
recently sold at Freeman's, in
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