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Collection Online as of June 16, 2024

The Theater

The Theater

(American, 1871–1951)
Platemark: 19.1 x 22.8 cm (7 1/2 x 9 in.); Sheet: 27.3 x 27 cm (10 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.)
© Delaware Art Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Catalogue raisonné: not in Morse
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

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."


The opera houses, symphony halls, and theaters constructed in the first quarter of the 1900s in America’s cities accommodated increasingly large audiences and constituted a new realm of “high” culture. This print records John Sloan’s first experience with opera: likely that of Tannhäuser or Louise, both of which he saw with his wife, Dolly, in February 1909. To make this monotype—a unique image printed from a design made on a printing plate—Sloan manipulated and wiped black and green ink to evoke the effects of artificial lighting on a darkened interior, focusing more attention on the crowd than on the performance itself.
  • ?-1961
    Mr. and Mrs. Ralph L. Wilson, Canton, OH, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
    August 19, 1961
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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  • {{cite web|title=The Theater |url=false|author=John Sloan|year=1909|access-date=16 June 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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