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Swinging in the Square

John Sloan

American Art

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.”
MEDIUM Etching on cream-colored, medium weight, slightly textured laid paper
DATES 1912
DIMENSIONS 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)
SIGNATURE Signed, in plate, lower left corner: "1912 John Sloan"; lower right, in graphite: "John Sloan" [underlined].
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed, lower left, in graphite: "Swinging in the Square"; on verso, stamped "April 29, 1929".
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of The Louis E. Stern Foundation, Inc.
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