Stag at Sharkeys
– This painting takes you to a time when public prizefighting was still illegal. People had to go to great lengths to arrange a match. Participation in the ring was limited to club members and non-members (known as stags) were given temporary memberships.
– The painting is one of the best examples of works that came out of the Ashcan school movement. The artists in this movement avoided painting beautiful landscapes in favor of a gritty and realistic portrayal of the urban slums.