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The  Promenade Deck

Bacon, Peggy

The Promenade Deck

drypoint on paper

1991 Purchase funded by The Collectors Club

A prolific artist who also wrote and illustrated children's books, Peggy Bacon was known for her satirical caricatures of people. Her depictions of American life reveal the weaknesses of human relationships. As a daughter of painters (Elizabeth Chase and Charles Roswell Bacon) who were active in artistic and cultural circles at the turn of the 20th century, Bacon attended museums and had an assortment of art materials at her disposal.

Bacon spent two summers (1915-1917) in the art community of Provincetown, Massachusetts where she was exposed to avant-garde art movements. At the Art Students League in New York (1915-1920) she was influenced by the work of Ash Can School artists John Sloan and George Bellows. Bacon also admired the work of Honore Daumier and adopted his caricature drawing style. She eventually taught herself drypoint printmaking which became her favorite medium. "The Promenade Deck" is part of a portfolio of six etchings that was offered to subscribers of the liberal journal, "New Republic" in 1924. Peggy Bacon, John Sloan, Edward Hopper, John Marin, Kenneth Hayes Miller and Ernest Haskell each produced an etching for the portfolio.