Feb 16, 2023 - Sale 2626

Sale 2626 - Lot 109

Price Realized: $ 1,430
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500

JOHN SLOAN (1871-1951)

The Women's Page.
Etching. 127x177 mm; 5x7 inches, wide margins. Second state (of 2). Edition of 100. Signed, titled and inscribed "100 proofs" in pencil, lower margin. From New York City Life. 1905.

A superb, richly-inked impression with very strong contrasts. Morse 132.

Sloan (1871-1951) produced his New York City Life series of ten etchings from 1905-06, recording the lives of the city's tenement dwellers. Sloan found these prints difficult to market to buyers, as they were not accustomed to seeing such honest depictions of everyday life.

The WPA gave opportunities and financial help to many artists who were struggling during the Depression. Sloan, already an established artist and teacher at the Art Students League (who taught many artists who particapted in the WPA programs), did not fit that profile, but he did participate in the Treasury Section of Fine Arts, which hired well-known artists for its projects. He painted the mural The Arrival of the First Mail in Bronxville in 1846 for the post office in Bronxville, New York. He also created two paintings for the WPA, one The Wigwam, Old Tammany Hall, now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the other Fourteenth Street at Sixth Avenue, originally hung the office of U.S. Senator Royal Copeland and now is exhibited at the Detroit Insitute of Arts.