Henri's "Portrait of Willie Gee"
 Willie Gee was a newspaper boy who delivered the paper to the Sherwood Studio where the other Ashcan School artists John Sloan and William Glackens also lived. Willie holds an apple probably giev to him as an inexpensive form of nourishment. The apple, because it was cheap, symbolized democracy. Willie’s mother was a former slave who had moved from Virginia to New York. She settled in the African-American neighborhood located further west on 57th Street.


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