Between West and Hartigan came William Merritt Chase (b. 1849), here represented by Roland Dana Chase (1905), a portrait of his toddler son in a smock hitched up with a red belt. Roughly contemporary with Chase were American Impressionists Edward Henry Potthast (b. 1857) and Childe Hassam (b. 1859). The Ashcan artists were there, too: George Bellows (b.1882), Everett Shinn (b. 1876), and William Glackens (b. 1870).
Representing the ’30s and later, Ben Shahn’s gouache-and-ink on paper Sacco’s Family after the Verdict (ca. 1931–32) was especially striking, as was Romare Bearden’s 1971 fabric collage on canvas depicting three women.
Simply in terms of figure painting, Philip Evergood’s large canvas The Future Belongs to Them (1938–53) stole the show. Employing an almost medieval flatness, it portrays six men and women, some black and some white, standing on a rooftop, lifting their children up toward the sky.
A version of this story originally appeared in the September 2015 issue of ARTnews on page 82.