American Realism is an art movement that was born in the explosion of growth and change in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th century. As waves of immigrants traveled to the States to start new lives, the American Realism movement sought to capture the energy of that time through depictions of realistic scenes of every day people in every day situations.
A fine example of Sloan's painting depicts a common bar scene of the time:
|McSorley's Bar - 1912|
|After the War, a Medal and Maybe a Job - 1914|