Smithsonian, Nov 17, 1993 - Art - 212 pages
In his lifetime, Eakins's artistic reputation suffered from his uncompromising attitude toward convention in art, teaching and society. Now he is acknowledged as one of the greatest of all American painters. Thomas Eakins assesses the full breadth of his genius in its American and European context. The turmoil of his career and his extraordinary authority as a painter are explored through his vivid and often haunting portraits of his family and contemporaries. Eakins's strong commitment to the development of a uniquely American art never wavered, although his painting was influenced and informed by his studies in Paris and his admiration for Velazquez and Ribera. He devoted his career to creating a penetrating series of portraits of professional and artistic society in Philadelphia. Edited by John Wilmerding, Thomas Eakins is an epitome of our present understanding of this profound and highly original artist and embraces the full scope of Eakins studies today. Thirty scholars currently working on Eakins examine individual paintings or groups of paintings in a series of essays, and the results of their most recent research are published here for the first time. While focusing in detail on the most important paintings of Thomas Eakins, the book also discusses the considerable impact of photography on his work, and reproduces for the first time a series of recently rediscovered photographs taken by the artist.
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Academy of Design American Art American Artists American Painting Annual Exhibition Art Museum Billy Smith Bregler's Thomas Eakins Brooklyn Museum career century Charles Bregler Charles Bregler's Thomas colour Cushing depicted drawings Eakins and Miss Eakins painted Eakins's Eakins's portrait figure Fogg Art Museum Frank Hamilton Cushing Gallery of Art Gerome Gift Goodrich Gross Clinic Hendricks 1974 Henry Hirshhorn Museum Homer Institute Jefferson Medical College John letter light Margaret Mary Adeline Williams Metropolitan Museum Miss Mary Adeline Museum and Sculpture Museum of American Museum of Art National Gallery nude Oil on canvas painter Paris Pennsylvania Academy perspective Philadelphia Museum photographs picture portraiture pose Provenance Rowland scenes Schendler 1967 Schuylkill River Siegl sitter sketch Society Susan Eakins Susan Macdowell Eakins Thomas Eakins Thomas Eakins Collection tion Traubel viewer Walt Whitman Washington watercolour Whitman Whitney Museum William Merritt Chase William Rush Wood York