Artist John Sloan and Capt. Solomon Jacobs in Wartime Gloucester
John Sloan, major American artist identified with the “Ashcan School” of urban realists, and Captain Solomon Jacobs, schooner fisherman and ocean entrepreneur, were both in Gloucester, Massachusetts from 1914 until 1918. John Sloan, during five consecutive extended summers in Gloucester, transformed his style in hundreds of shore scenes and townscapes painted in vibrant colors and charged with energy. Captain Jacobs was winding down a colorful career of voyaging and enterprise, but was not yet ready to go quietly. Then America entered World War I, and the Gloucester fishing fleet was decimated by U-boat attacks. On Opposite Tacks explores the contrasts and parallels between the two men that shaped their differing responses to life and war.
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Cape Ann Museum Sloan Exhibition catalogue
Chester Brigham was an author of the catalogue for the Cape Ann Museum’s major exhibition of landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes that John Sloan painted in Gloucester between 1914 and 1918. The museum displayed the works from July to November, 2015.
Brigham’s essay in the exhibition catalogue was excerpted by American Art Review for their coverage of the Cape Ann Museum show, with the title “John Sloan, Gloucester Days.”
Sloan Exhibition article
The Ethel B. Jacobs, Capt. Sol's last all-sail schooner
Capt. Jacobs in his cabin on the Ethel B.
The Ethel B. Jacobs was Solomon Jacobs final, fastest and finest all-sail fishing schooner. For his exploits and successes in the Ethel B., until she was wrecked in a gale on the Irish coast, read an excerpt