Helen Farr Sloan, 1911-2005

by Heather Campbell Coyle



 

Selected images, captions and interpretative text for objects in the exhibition / image set one

 

(above: Helen Farr Sloan (1911-2005), Port Gaverne, 1927, Watercolor on paper, 9 x 11 1/2 inches. Delaware Art Museum, Gift of Helen Farr Sloan, 2000; Transfer from Helen Farr Sloan Library and Archives, 2014. © Delaware Art Museum /Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

This watercolor records a trip to Cornwall, England, where the teen-aged Helen Farr and her companions stayed with the painter Guy Wiggins, a family friend who encouraged her to become an artist.

 

(above: Helen Farr Sloan (1911-2005), Procession, 1930, Etching and graphite, plate: 4 7/8 x 6 7/8 inches. Delaware Art Museum, Bequest of Helen Farr Sloan, 2015. © Delaware Art Museum /Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

This is not the final state of this etching. The artist added pencil shading to better define the figures, indicating changes she incorporated in the final version.

 

(above: Helen Farr Sloan (1911-2005), Prohibition Beer, c.1930, Lithograph, composition: 10 1/4 x 13 7/8 inches. Delaware Art Museum, Bequest of Helen Farr Sloan, 2015. © Delaware Art Museum /Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

This lithograph presents a scene in a speakeasy?an underground bar where patrons consumed alcohol during Prohibition in the 1920s and early 1930s. In this crowded interior, the patrons make little effort to hide their illicit consumption, drinking from huge mugs and schooners while a pianist and a violinist provide entertainment.

 

(above: Helen Farr Sloan (1911-2005), Harry Wickey, Retroussage, c.1930, Etching and aquatint, plate: 4 7/8 x 3 7/8 inches. Delaware Art Museum, Bequest of Helen Farr Sloan, 2015. © Delaware Art Museum /Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

Harry Wickey taught etching at the Art Students League. Here he is shown wiping an inked etching plate to demonstrate retroussage.

 

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