barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


John Sloan ( 1871-1951)

The Show Case (New York City Life Series)

New York, 1905

Etching

Plate: 12.4 x 17.5 cm; sheet: 25.4 x 32.1 cm 

 

The corset became a symbol for the restrictions placed on women’s lives and bodies for early 20th-century feminists. Sloan saw working-class girls as a healthy, vivacious presence in the city and sets their curious, energetic amusement and free, agile bodies against the stiff pretensions of the wealthy, corseted woman.

Gifted by Delaware Art Museum and the Helen Farr Sloan Estate in 2017 (No. 2017.1/3)

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