Swinging in the Square
Sloan made several versions of this young girl on a swing, a scene he witnessed in 1906: “Walked down to the East Side this afternoon, enjoyed watching the girls swinging in the Square [Tompkins Square], Avenue A and 8th Street East. A fat man watching seated on a bench.” Sloan, who never had children of his own, was a strong advocate of women’s rights and felt that a woman’s individuality and intelligence was too often constrained by her roles of wife and mother. About this print, he explained, “I have always had enthusiastic interest in unspoiled girlhood. . . . Growth toward real womanhood is often checked at about this age.”
Etching on cream-colored, medium weight, slightly textured laid paper
Sheet: 8 7/16 x 11 7/16 in. (21.4 x 29.1 cm)
Image: 4 x 5 3/16 in. (10.2 x 13.2 cm) (show scale)
Signed, in plate, lower left corner: "1912 John Sloan"; lower right, in graphite: "John Sloan" [underlined].
Inscribed, lower left, in graphite: "Swinging in the Square"; on verso, stamped "April 29, 1929".
Gift of The Louis E. Stern Foundation, Inc.
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John Sloan (American, 1871-1951). Swinging in the Square, 1912. Etching on cream-colored, medium weight, slightly textured laid paper, Sheet: 8 7/16 x 11 7/16 in. (21.4 x 29.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Louis E. Stern Foundation, Inc., 64.101.322. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 64.101.322_full_PS2.jpg)
overall, 64.101.322_full_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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