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The Barber Shop

John Sloan

American Art

This print reveals Sloan’s typically humorous observations of daily city life. Note the small details: the sign above the counter reads “Turpitude the Great Hair Raiser”; the waiting customer is reading Puck, an illustrated humor magazine of the day; and on the pile beside him is The Masses, of which Sloan was the art editor. The print was Sloan’s first experiment with aquatint, a technique that creates tonal effects by using resin dust to make small pits on the surface of the metal printing plate.
MEDIUM Etching, aquatint and drypoint on wove paper
DATES 1915
DIMENSIONS Sheet: 12 1/2 x 18 15/16 in. (31.8 x 48.1 cm) Image: 9 3/4 x 11 7/8 in. (24.8 x 30.2 cm)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right, in plate: "John Sloan '15"; lower right, in graphite: "John Sloan" ["Sloan" underlined].
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed, lower left corner, in graphite: "47 C3421"; lower left: "100 proofs"; lower center, in graphite: "The Barber Shop".
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
STATE 100 proofs
EDITION Edition: 100
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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