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  • n  a bin that holds rubbish until it is collected

  • It was swept up and dropped in an ashcan and there the eldest of the Martins' four children, a lively, questing, eleven-year-old named Shirley Anne, found it.
  • Museums would not look twice at the work of naturalist painters such as John Sloan and William Glackens, who were sneeringly referred to as "the ashcan school.
  • At the State Capitol, the boys pulled fire hoses from their racks, adorned the sculpt head of Civil War Hero John Gordon with an ashcan.
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  • What Do You Think About the Ashcan School?
    Far From the Fresh Air Farm by William Glackens, 1911, gouache and crayon on paper, 24 1/2 x 16 1/2. Collection the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. During this time of the year, as acts of generosity and appreciation abound, I’m drawn to the works of the painters and draftsmen of the Ashcan School, which thrived during the early 20th century. This group of artists—among them Robert ...
    Dec. 18, 2013 - Artist Daily

  • Lowell Murray in Montreal Gazette
    With those 20 words, a parliamentary prerogative that had existed in this country for more than a century was consigned to the ashcan. No one noticed,Murray told the Senate after the slip was discovered. "Shame on us for not noticing it....

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