Peggy Bacon: Drawings and Prints, 1915 to 1976, From Suffragettes to Mexican Tourism, is on view until 6 PM today, April 30, 2011, at the Susan Teller Gallery.
Artist, draftsman, caricaturist, author, teacher, and maker of embroidered love letters, Bacon played a key role in twentieth century American art history. She hit the New York hot spots of Greenwich Village, The Art Students League (where she studied with John Sloan and George Bellows, and met Alexander Brook, her husband from 1920 to 1940), and Union Square. She worked in the artists’ colony of Woodstock, NY, in Wellfleet, Cape Cod, and in Washington, DC, portraying statesmen for Fortune Magazine. She could be witty and clever, but was always charming and gracious.
In the brochure for the exhibition, Between the Wars, Women Artists of the Whitney Studio Club and Museum, 1997, curator David W. Kiehl wrote “Peggy Bacon… ranks… among the greatest American delineator of human personality of the period.”
Bacon contributed to Vanity Fair, the New Masses, and The New Yorker magazines and illustrated more than 60 books, many her own and many for children. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts in 1934. Her work is in permanent collections throughout the country.
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