(Morse 270), second state of two, 100 proofs, from the edition of about 75 proofs. A fine, clear black impression.
At this stage in his career, after the Ashcan Realist period and now in his late '50s, Sloan experimented with new approaches to painting and drawing based on his study of Goya, Rembrandt, and Renoir - whose works were now accessible in New York. He developed a grid-line approach to his work, using his etched nudes to explore the concept. Here, the approach works well - it produces a dark, atmospheric quality undergirding the contemplative look and pose of the model. Viewed in this aesthetic context, we can appreciate Sloan's nudes as achievements which transcend - artistically - the popular New York subjects that he did in earlier years, and demonstrate convincingly Sloan's importance as an artist, not just a chronicler of a period.
Very good condition, on a cream laid Navarre paper, with their name and watermark. Measurements: 5 1/2 x 7 inches, with margins.
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