Margaret Frances (Peggy) Bacon (1895 – 1987)
The daughter and only surviving child of artists who trained at the Art Students League, Margaret Frances Bacon was born in Ridgfield, Connecticut and enjoyed an adventurous and nomadic childhood traveling with her parents, who arranged for tutors along the way, schooling the young and sheltered girl in subjects that she found personally interesting. Completing her education in 1913 at a boarding school in Summit, New Jersey, Bacon and her mother moved to New York City following the suicide of her father.
Later that same year, Bacon studied at the School of Fine and Applied Arts in Manhattan and from 1915 to 1920 attended the Art Students League and studied painting with George Bellows, Kenneth Hayes Miller, and John Sloan among others. She taught herself drypoint and learned printmaking during that period, her principal focus until about 1927 when she turned to pastel, her dominant form of expression until about 1945.
She wrote and/or illustrated more than sixty books, and contributed illustrations to numerous magazines including The New Yorker, Fortune, and Vanity Fair. Her work was exhibited in numerous museums and galleries throughout her career and is widely held in private and institutional collections both here and abroad. She won numerous awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship; and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters - which also presented Bacon with a gold medal in recognition of her lifelong contributions to the graphic arts. She was elected an Associate member of the National Academy of Design 1947, becoming a full member in 1969. She died in Kennebunk, Maine.
The Untilled Field
Drypoint, 1937; edition of 250. Image size 7-3/8” x 5-7/8”; sheet size 10-3/16" x 9". Published by Associated American Artists, New York. Titled and signed in pencil by the artist in the lower margin. A fine impression in overall very good condition. The sheet may have been trimmed, but margins are ample nonetheless.