Aesthetic Pleasure

Artist Details

Name: Peggy Bacon
Birth: 1895 Death: 1987
Nationality: American

Artwork Details

Date of Work: 1932
Medium: lithograph on paper
Dimensions: Image: 9 3/4 x 15 1/4 inches Sheet: 11 7/8 x 17 5/8 inches
Credit: Museum Purchase with funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts Living Artist Fund

Best known for her satirical interpretations of  everyday life, Peggy Bacon thrived as a graphic artist between the the two World Wars. She studied at New York’s Art Students League from 1915 until 1920. Her instructors included major figures of the Ashcan school including George Bellows and John Sloan, whose often humorous prints depicting urban life strongly influenced her work. Bacon built her reputation on her drawings and prints, which often satirized  people in their natural habitats or in public places, like a museum, as in  her well-known work Aesthetic Pleasure.

Bacon frequently exhibited her prints in major museums and galleries,  and magazines  including The New Yorker, New Repulic, and Vanity Fair sought out her witty  illustrations for publication.

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