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Circumstances Alter Cases: "Positively disgusting! It's an outrage to public decency to allow such exposure on the streets!"

John French Sloan1913/1913

Delaware Art Museum

Delaware Art Museum

In 1910, Sloan joined the Socialist Party. Two years later he began acting as the art editor of The Masses, a leftist journal run as a cooperative venture. Sloan's own contributions to The Masses reveal his concern for social injustices in their poignant commentary upon issues such as women's rights, big business, and political corruption. This drawing implies that it is in fact the wealthy women in their transparent dresses who are "an outrage to public decency" rather than the ragged beggar woman whom they thoughtlessly censure.

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  • Title: Circumstances Alter Cases: "Positively disgusting! It's an outrage to public decency to allow such exposure on the streets!"
  • Date: 1913/1913
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings: John Sloan (LRC in crayon)
  • Physical Dimensions: w14.375 x h12.75 in (Complete)
  • Painter, etcher, and illustrator: John Sloan
  • Illustration Citation: The Masses, May 1913
  • Credit Line: Gift of Helen Farr Sloan, 1984
  • Provenance: © Delaware Art Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
  • Type: Drawings
  • Rights: © Delaware Art Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph and digital image © Delaware Art Museum. Not for reproduction or publication.
  • External Link: http://emuseum.delart.org:8080/emuseum/
  • Medium: Crayon and ink on paper

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