JOHN FRENCH SLOAN
Signed bottom right, crayon on tracing paper.
9 3/8 x 13 13/16 in. (23.8 x 35.1cm)
John Sloan worked on nudes towards the end of his career, from approximately 1935 to 1941, the first 6 years he was living at the Chelsea. In an interview with Joseph Abbot for WNYC on April 5, 1936, Sloan said, "Recently, I have devoted most of my work to the painting of the human figure which will require a full lifetime to reach mastery in it." Although Sloan's nudes never became his most popular subject, or that for which he is best known, they did occupy much of his work in his later years. On January 17, 1941, W. G. Constable, Curator of Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (who had purchased Sloan's painting "Pigeons on a Roof" in 1935), wrote to Walter Pach in New York, saying "I do not want to lose the chance of a good nude [by John Sloan], especially as it seems to me that he has attained at this moment a remarkable mastery over what he wants to do." The present lot represents an exemplary nude of this time period.