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John Wilmerding
Smithsonian, Nov 17, 1993 - Art - 212 pages
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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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Eakins's subjects gaze intently at the world before them and, even more so, at their inner visions. These are the "warts and all'' of the soul of Philadelphia society in the aftermath of the Civil War ... Read full review


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John Wilmerding is Christopher Binyon Sarofim ’ 86 Professor of American Art in the Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University. Hal Foster is Townsend Martin ‘ 17 Professor of Art and Archaeology and chairman of the department  at Princeton. Johanna Burton, Kevin Hatch, Suzanne Hudson, Alex Kitnick, Julia Robinson, and Diana Tuite have recently received their Ph.D. or are current doctoral candidates in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University.

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