|The Untilled Field, Peggy Bacon. He gets his hair from his mother.
|A Proud Child, Peggy Bacon
Peggy Bacon was born in 1895 in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Her parents were artists, having met while attending the Art Students League in New York. During the early years of her life she was what we'd today call "home schooled" in subjects such as Latin, Greek mythology, ancient history, and geography. Her parents were nomadic, living first in provincial France, then Paris, and during the summer, in Bermuda. At the age of 14, Peggy began to attend a boarding school in New Jersey. Around the same time her alcoholic father committed suicide, leaving the family destitute. After high school, like her parents, Peggy began studying at the Art Students League, falling under the influence of the Social Realism (or Ashcan) school painters such as John Sloan and George Bellows. And since no one at the Art Students League taught printmaking, Peggy taught herself, while publishing a student newspaper where her humorous illustrations and caricatures first began to appear.
|Peggy and Metaphysic, 1935,
|Peggy's caricatures were not
limited just to art world figures.