John French Sloan (August 2, 1871 – September 7, 1951) was an American painter and etcher. He is considered to be one of the founders of the Ashcan instructor of American art. He was as a consequence a fanatic of the help known as The Eight. He is best known for his urban genre scenes and finishing to commandeer the essence of neighborhood dynamism in New York City, often observed through his Chelsea studio window. Sloan has been called the premier artiste of the Ashcan School, and after that a realist painter who embraced the principles of Socialism, though he himself disassociated his art from his politics.