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Ash Can Special by Charles Taylor!
Offered At $4,000
With New Gilt Reproduction Frame
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 was trained as an architect and his work (see below), recently auctioned at
Freeman's, focused on architectural motifs. A new, gilt gallery style frame valued at more than $500
has been used for this work, which is in top quality condition.
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