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Going, Going, Gone

Going, Going, Gone

Alexander Brook (American, 1898-1980)
Going, Going, Gone, between 1930 and 1940
Purchase, 2011

New England native Peggy Bacon (1895-1987), the subject of the painting, met artist Alexander Brook while they were both enrolled at the Art Students League in New York. They studied under several leading American modernists, including John Sloan, whose work Miss Boston was also on display in the original exhibition.

The depiction of a woman donning and removing a pair of pants speaks directly to historical and contemporary understandings of womanhood. Anti-suffrage materials frequently employed sexist images that promoted traditional gender roles and satirically depicted women in the suffrage movement as “unladylike.”