”Friendship with Kline.
Sheehan moved to Greenwich Village, 1929, in 1933 he met Franz Kline in a coffee shop on 6th Ave., Kline had a copy of Pernell’s Pen & Ink Drawing with him, which caught John’s attention as he had studied the same book (Both young men were excellent draftsmen & were interested in Illustration as it was the only work a painter could hope for at that time), and from this initial meeting Sheehan & Kline became lifelong friends: During the 30’s they collaborated on murals for the Speakeasy’s and nightclubs in the Village; drew Caricatures on the street next to the West 4th St. subway station, depicted in this photograph See image 2
John Sheehan, Franz Kline & The Major early 1940’s 35mm Slide
Franz Kline early 1940’s Slide by John Sheehan Slide 35mmImage 2 Photograph of John Sheehan, Franz Kline and The Major (who told fortunes with reading cards) cir. early 40’s. Some of these street Caricatures still hang in the Minetta Tavern.
Franz Kline & deKooning in Kline’s new studio (12th St.) by John Joseph Sheehan