barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

John Sloan (1871-1951)

The Women’s Page (New York City Life Series)

New York, 1905


Plate: 12.2 x 17.1 cm; sheet: 25.2 x 32.7 cm 


Sloan later singled out The Women’s Page from his New York City Life series as ‘perhaps the best all-around example, both in subject matter and treatment’. It combines motifs and themes found across the set including discarded garments, commercial entertainments (including illustrated newspapers), and intimate glimpses of domestic space. It also demonstrates Sloan’s talent for ambiguity: should viewers judge the protagonist for letting her apartment fall into disarray, or admire her surrender to a moment of stolen leisure?

Gifted by Delaware Art Museum and the Helen Farr Sloan Estate in 2017 (No. 2017.1/6)

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