barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


John Sloan (1871-1951)

Man Monkey (New York City Life Series) 

New York, 1905

Etching

Plate: 12.2 x 17.3 cm; sheet: 25.1 x 32.7 cm 

 

Sloan’s one-man band offers an anachronistic contrast to the modern skyscrapers glimpsed in the distance and the Mutoscopes and other modern entertainments depicted elsewhere in the portfolio. The entertainer’s old-fashioned skill draws in numerous onlookers including those gathered under a ‘beer’ sign, families on balconies above, the small girl being dragged away, and the blinkered horse that pulls up in fright. Sloan’s mastery of the similarly ‘old-fashioned’ practice of etching enables him to capture this range of responses.

Gifted by Delaware Art Museum and the Helen Farr Sloan Estate in 2017 (No. 2017.1/4)

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