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Three A.M.
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Three A.M.

John Sloan, American, 1871 - 1951

Made in New York, New York, United States, North and Central America


Oil on canvas

32 1/8 x 26 1/4 inches (81.6 x 66.7 cm) Framed: 40 x 34 x 2 1/2 inches (101.6 x 86.4 x 6.4 cm)

© Delaware Art Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Cyrus McCormick, 1946

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On April 28, 1909, John Sloan wrote in his journal: “A good day’s work, painting on the subject that has been stewing in my mind for some weeks. I have been watching a curious two room household, two women and, I think, two men, their day begins after midnight, they cook at 3 A.M.” His scene of underdressed working-class women shocked contemporary audiences, and the painting was rejected by exhibition juries.

Born in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, Sloan worked as a Philadelphia newspaper illustrator and trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He moved to New York in 1904, where the views from his Chelsea apartment provided intimate new subjects of urban life.