Sunbathers on the Roof. 1941. Etching. Morse 307. 6 x 7 (sheet 8 1/4 x 10 1/2). Edition 175 of which 125 were provided on commission to the American College Society of Print Collectors. A fine impression on cream laid paper on the full sheet with deckle edges. Signed and titled by Sloan in pencil. $3,750.
For Sloan, the rooftops of New York came to life in the spring and summer months. As he described it: 'More washes are hung out - gay colored underthings flap in the breezes, and on Saturdays and Sundays girls and men in bathing togs stretch themselves on newspapers, blankets or sheets in the sun, turning over at intervals like hotcakes' (cited by Morse, p. 340).
Sloan wrote about this print: "I have always liked to watch the people in the summer, especialy the way they live on the roofs. For many years I have not seen the summer life of the city, which has perhaps been better for my health than my production of city life etchings." Morse at page 148.
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