August 7, 2013 |  by

Did Eric Sloane really paint 15,000 paintings in his lifetime?

Probably not. This statement stems from a quote of Eric’s that appeared in a well-circulated publication of the early 1970’s and, unfortunately, I repeated the statement in the Aware biography. It is hard to tell if Eric was exaggerating the truth, simply using a comparatively large number to attempt to convey the amount of artistic work he did over the course of his career, or if it was an accurate estimate of how many paintings he started (like many artists, Sloane began many more works than he finished). While we will never know exactly what Eric meant by this statement, it is probably reasonable to assume that the truth amalgamates aspects of all three of these possible explanations.

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