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Turning out the Light

John Sloan, American, (August 2, 1871–September 7, 1951)

Creation date: July 30, 1905
Creation place: United States

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Type: Etching
Medium and Support: Etching
Credit Line: Gift of the Duane Macdonald Biesel Trust
Accession Number: 2007.64
State/Province: New York
Dimensions: 4 5/8 in. x 6 9/16 in. (11.75 cm x 16.67 cm)
Currently on view


Barbara Mitchell, San Diego, California ( - October 5, 2007)

Duane MacDonald Biesel, California ( - )

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (October 5, 2007 - )

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October 18, 2014
Anita Feldman, Deputy Director Collections & Exhibitions
John Sloan
American • 1871–1951
Turning out the Light
Etching • 1905
When Sloan moved from Philadelphia to New York in 1904, he lived in Chelsea. Walking the streets of his rather bohe- mian neighborhood he conceived the idea of making a series of etchings depicting the everyday lives of the district’s resi- dents. The result was the thirteen etchings of the New York City Life series that he completed in two groups between 1905-1906 and 1910-1911. Turning out the Light is a depiction of a couple preparing for bed, but their poses and the glances they exchange give the work a powerful erotic charge which proved to be very controversial. This etching along with three others in the series were deleted from an exhibition at the American Watercolor Society in 1906 because they were deemed “too vulgar” for public display.
Gift of the Duane Macdonald Biesel Trust
Last Updated: 10/20/2014


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

American Visions: Place and Identity The San Diego Museum of Art , 10/18/2014 - 3/17/2015


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