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Do it all in one sitting if you can. 11 If their quick brushwork expressed the early modern era’s currents of vibrancy and dynamism, so did the Ashcan artists’ choice of ‘vigorous’ subjects. As Henri exhorted, American artists should capture ‘the spirit of the people of today’ and ‘be willing to paint a picture that does not look like a picture’. Be willing, in other words, to paint the exuberance of the streets and the energy of the American people. These sentiments were simultaneous with a contemporary mania for forceful living and exuberant masculinity, and an assault on the supposed ‘feminization’ of American culture.
Mrs Warren was reportedly very disappointed with the painting, feeling Sargent had treated her as a ‘butterﬂy’ and had neglected to evoke her considerable intelligence and education. early american modernism 39 the Ashcan artists loosely appropriated the exuberant colours and bravura brushwork of such sumptuous pictures, they mainly rejected a Gilded Age focus on the peoples and things of a privileged and cloistered upper-class America. In portraits such as Eva Green, Henri exalted the humanity of ordinary Americans.
Henri and other Ashcan artists explored diverse immigrant neighbourhoods and metropolitan entertainment and commercial hotspots in search of their subjects. Their obsessions with ‘real life’ and their rejection of Gilded Age mythologizing were similar to those of the era’s literary naturalists, including Stephen Crane, Theodore Dreiser, Frank Norris, and Upton Sinclair. ) Powerfully written realist novels such as Sinclair’s The Jungle (1906), the depressing account of a Slavic immigrant’s work in Chicago’s meat-packing industry, and Dreiser’s Sister Carrie (1900), the heart-rending melodrama of a vulnerable urban shop girl, captured the squalid underbelly of Gilded Age America and exposed the hypocrisy of laissez-faire economics and unrestrained individualism.