Peggy Bacon was a printmaker, painter, illustrator and author of children’s books. The daughter of artist, she began her career publishing children’s books in the 1920s. Throughout her life, she found her subjects in insightful and gently humorous observations of fleeting moments of everyday life, first in New York City and later in the countryside. The narrative impulse that made her a successful author is evident in her pictures, which usually focus on people interacting with each other in a specific environment. She studied at the Art Student’s League in New York between 1914 and 1920, and married Alexander Brook, a fellow student. In the late 1920s she also began making lithographs, etchings and pastels, but her favorite medium was drypoint. With funding provided by a Guggenheim fellowship she produced a well-received book of caricatures of art world figures called Off the Wall in 1934. Bacon led a successful career and attracted the patronage of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. After divorcing Brook in 1940, she spent more time painting, and also wrote a mystery that won the 1953 Edgar Allen Poe Mystery Award for best novel. She continued painting and spent the latter years of her life in Maine, producing scenes of rural daily life. She died in Kennebunk at age 92.
Her works are in the collection of major American museums including the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art and the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco.
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