Ashcan painters, an early 20th century group of painters working in New York, are thought to depict primarily scenes of the urban life of the lower socio-economic classes. While this is certainly one important aspect of these artists’ work, it is not entirely representative, as Life’s Pleasures illustrated. This exhibition, comprised of over 70 paintings, featured the vibrant and diverse leisure activities experienced and observed by such Ashcan painters as Joan Sloan, Everett Shinn, George Luks, George Bellows, William Glackens, and their leader, Robert Henri.

This exhibition was organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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