Everett Shinn 1876-1953

Cooper Union

  • 9 3/8 x 12 1/4 inches (23.8 x 31.1 cm)
  • Pastel and charcoal on paper
  • Signed lower left: E Shinn

Why We Love It

Trained as an artist-reporter, Shinn excelled at being able to capture an entire scene at a glance. Moreover, Shinn was a master of the pastel medium as this drawing of Cooper Union clearly demonstrates. The figures are deftly suggested with a marvelous economy of mark-making. Though a relatively early work, this piece nonetheless serves to demonstrate the surety of Shinn’s technique as well as his keen eye for observing modern city life.

The Value

Shinn’s pastels are some of the best examples of American art at the turn of the twentieth century. As a prominent member of The Eight and a wholly original American artist, Shinn masterfully captured modern life. There is no mistaking his work and influence, making him an essential American artist of the early twentieth century and beyond.

Artist Background

1876: Born in Woodstown, New Jersey; 1888-90: Studied engineering and industrial design at the Spring Garden Institute, Philadelphia; 1893-97: Studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Worked for the Philadelphia Press; 1898: Married Florence Scovel, illustrator and member of the Biddle family; 1889: First important one-man show at Boussod-Valadon Galleries, New York City; 1900: Travelled to England and France. Exhibited in Paris. Became well-known as illustrator for Harper’s Weekly; 1903: Exhibited at Knoedler and Company, New York; 1907: Completed decorations for David Belasco’s Stuyvesant Theatre in New York; 1908: Exhibited with The Eight at Macbeth Gallery; 1910: Participated in the Exhibition of Independent Artists; 1912: First wife, Florence, divorced him; 1913: Invited to exhibited in the Armory Show, however he either refused or ignored the invitation. Married Corinne Baldwin; 1917: Started work at Goldwyn Pictures as art director; 1920: Worked as art director for Inspiration Pictures; 1921: Divorced Corinne, his second wife; 1923: Worked at Cosmopolitan Pictures as art director; 1924: Married Gertrude Chase; 1932: Divorced by Gertrude Chase; 1933: Married Paula Downing; 1937: Exhibited at the Whitney Museum; 1942: Divorced from Paula Downing; 1943-48: Represented by Feragil Galleries, New York. Exhibited with The Eight at Brooklyn Museum; 1944: Exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and at Carnegie Institute Philadelphia; 1945: Exhibited at Philadelphia Museum of Art, “Painters of the Philadelphia Press”; 1949: Appointed Academician of the National Academy of Design; 1950-51: Exhibited at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; 1952: Represented by James Graham & Sons, New York; 1953: Died in New York Hospital.