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Finishing Touches, c. 1937

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A leading caricaturist of her day, Peggy Bacon was a perceptive observer of the human condition. Here, a middle-age woman adds the “finishing touches” of her daily toilette as she rides the New York subway, oblivious to her public surroundings. Bacon’s fictional portrayal addresses vanity or inflated pride, one of the seven deadly sins in Christian teachings.

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  • America, Seen

    Saturday, December 19, 2015 - Sunday, September 04, 2016
Details
Title
Finishing Touches
Artist Life
1895-1987
Role
Artist
Accession Number
93.82.1
Provenance
(Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York); (Kraushaar Galleries, New York, until 1970, sold to Hillstrom); Rev. Richard Lewis Hillstrom, St. Paul, 1970-93; given to MIA, 1993.
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