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Thomas Eakins

Thomas Cowperthwait Eakins (July 25, 1844 – June 25, 1916) was an American realist painter, photographer, sculptor, and fine arts educator. He is widely acknowledged to be one of the most important artists in American art history. Eakins was in the vanguard of young painters who shifted the focus of American art from landscape to the figural subjects favored in Europe.
[Man Walking, "Stroboscopic" Photograph]
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[Nude Men in the Garden]

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Mr. MacDowell

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

[Female portrait]

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Frank MacDowell

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

[Mrs. Louis Kentin in Empire Dress]

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

[Thomas Eakins in Swim Suit]

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

[Woman Playing Cello]

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Elizabeth MacDowell Kenton

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Margaret Eakins

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

[Standing Male Nude with Pipes]

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Edmund Quinn Fencing

Circle of Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

[Woman in White Laced-bodice Dress in Studio of Thomas Eakins]

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

[Man Walking, "Stroboscopic" Photograph]

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

[Mrs. Eakins or Her Sister Doll]

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Carmelita Requena

After completing his studies in Paris, Eakins traveled to Spain in 1869. While in Madrid, he visited the Museo del Prado, where he admired the paintings of Diego Velázquez and Jusepe de Ribera. He then settled ... more

The Champion Single Sculls (Max Schmitt in a Single Scull)

Returning to Philadelphia from Europe in 1870, Eakins began a series of representations of the sport of sculling, a subject for which he is uniquely identified. This is the first major work in that series of pa... more

Pushing for Rail

Eakins enjoyed hunting waterfowl with his father and friends in the tidal marshes of New Jersey’s Delaware River. In addition to a severe case of malaria, the 1873 expeditions resulted in a series of works, inc... more

Perspective Drawing for the "Chess Players"

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Gross Clinic

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Young Girl Meditating

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

The Dancing Lesson (Negro Boy Dancing)

This watercolor shows three male figures of different generations playing and responding to music. A framed copy of the famous photograph of Abraham Lincoln and his son Tad suggests the figures' familial relati... more

[Self-Portrait]

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

The Pathetic Song

Eakins, the eminent Realist painter active in Philadelphia, apparently made only twenty-eight watercolors, of which all but three date from early in his career, between 1873 and 1882. During that time he was a ... more

Taking Up the Net

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

[Three Boys Wading in a Creek]

In 1882, Thomas Eakins was promoted to the post of director of schools at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he became known as a charismatic and innovative teacher who advocated intensive study o... more

[Thomas Eakins, Nude, Playing Pipes]

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

[Cornfield in Back of the Barn]

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Arcadia

Like other academically trained American artists in the 1880s, Eakins explored classical themes but without the typical narrative contrivances and idealized models. Dating from the time of his appointment as di... more

The Artist's Wife and His Setter Dog

Eakins began this portrait shortly after his marriage in January 1884 to his former student, Susan Hannah Macdowell (1851–1938), a talented painter and photographer. The setting is his studio at 1330 Chestnut S... more

[African-American Man]

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

[Betty Reynolds with Doll on Lap]

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Katie Crowell in Avondale, Pennsylvania

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Self-Portrait

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

[Female Nude from the Back]

This small platinum study shows a rare glimpse of Thomas Eakins' teaching studio. Posed on a low platform between Eakins, his camera, and a student sketching in the shadows, a nude model rests comfortably, the ... more

Bill Duckett Nude, at the Art Students’ League of Philadelphia

In the 1880s and 1890s, Eakins explored various artistic applications of photography, from motion studies jointly produced with Eadweard Muybridge to an inventory of naturalistic poses referred to as the "naked... more

[Frances Crowell with Unidentified Boy, Katie, James, and Frances Crowell]

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Cowboy Singing

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

[Thomas Eakins's Horse Billy and Two Crowell Children at Avondale, Pennsylvania]

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

[Four Cats]

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

James MacAlister (Sketch)

Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Thomas Eakins

Thomas Eakins (1844–1916) was an instructor at the Art Students’ League of Philadelphia during the winter of 1886–87, when Murray enrolled as a student. The two men shared a studio from 1892 to 1900 and portray... more