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Thomas Eakins
Life & career of American painter (1844-1916), focusing on style, themes, subjects & significance of three of his paintings.
# 13680 | 1,800 words | 5 sources | 1999 | US
Published on Jun 30, 2003 in Art (Artists) , Art (Painting)


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" Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) was one of the greatest American painters yet he met with little success during his lifetime. Eakins always believed that his life had little to do with his art. He approached his art from a scientific, realist perspective and held that everything the viewer needed was present on the canvas. But connections between Eakins' beliefs, the difficulties of his artistic career, and his private life are important keys to understanding his work. Three examples of typical Eakins subjects demonstrate how knowledge of his ideas and circumstances illuminates his work. His 1875 painting The Gross Clinic was a portrait of a celebrated surgeon that reflects not only Eakins' artistic influences but his ideas about heroism in American life. His Portrait of a Lady with a Setter Dog (1885) was a portrait of his wife Susan Eakins, painted shortly.."

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