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Creator Name: Sloan, John
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1871 - 1951
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: John Sloan
Title: The Rathskeller
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1901
Creation End Date: 1901
Creation Date: 1901
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 90.5cm x 69cm
Inscriptions: Signed lower right: "John / Sloan [JS in monogram]"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1946.164
Credit Line: Gift of the Hanna Fund
Provenance: (Kraushaar)
Context: This scene takes place in Soula's Rathskeller, located in the Betz Building in Philadelphia (the word "rathskeller," a basement restaurant-bar, derives from the German tradition of having a beer-serving restaurant in the cellar of the town hall, or rathaus.) John Sloan later said of this painting, "to us today, the lady's costume is quaint, as are the surroundings. But the divided attention noticeable in the young lady with a beer escort whose lonely neighbor is buying champagne, is a symptom that may be observed today." Indeed the relationships among the three figures invite speculation. One contemporary critic implied a sinister connection, describing the man on the left as "a spider watching for the fly that is, in popular parlance, born every minute."
AMICA ID: CMA_.1946.164
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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