The Theater

The Theater

1909

John Sloan

(American, 1871-1951)

Monotype

Sheet: 27.3 x 27 cm (10 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.); Image: 19.1 x 22.8 cm (7 1/2 x 9 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph L. Wilson in memory of Anna Elizabeth Wilson 1961.162

Catalogue raisonné: Not in Morse

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Fun Fact

To make this monotype, John Sloan covered a printing plate with ink and wiped it away in areas to create an image, a technique called "dark-field manner."

Description

John Sloan began to make monotypes in the early 20th century and continued to work in the medium for close to a decade. In this print, the artist manipulated and wiped black and green ink to evoke the effects of artificial lighting on a darkened interior during a performance. The work records Sloan's first experience with opera: although he and his wife, Dolly, enjoyed visiting the theater and dance halls, this scene is likely one that he witnessed while attending stagings of Tannhäuser and Louise during February 1909.

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