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Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) is one of the most fascinating and important personalities in the history of American art. His memorable and much-loved scenes of rowing, sailing, and boxing as well as his deeply moving portraits are renowned for their vibrant realism and dramatic intensity. This beautiful and insightful book, published in conjunction with a major exhibition on the life and career of Eakins - the first in twenty years - presents a fresh perspective on the artist and his remarkable accomplishments. Lavishly illustrated with more than 250 of Eakins's most significant paintings, watercolours, drawings, and sculpture, the book features essays by prominent scholars who place his art in the context of the history and culture of late nineteenth-century Philadelphia, where he lived. The contributors also discuss how Eakins applied his French academic training to subjects that were distinctly American and part of his own immediate and complex experience. Eakins's own photographs, which he used as part of his unique creative process, are also examined for the first time in the full context of his life's work. The exhibition Thomas Eakins will be on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 4th October, 2001 to 6th January, 2002; the Musee d'Orsay, Paris, from 3rd February to 12th May, 2002; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from 10th June to 15th Spetember, 2002.
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The exhibition Thomas Eakins will be on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from October 4, 2001 to January 6, 2002; the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, from February 3 to May 12, 2002; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from June 10 to September 15, 2002. Published in association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art.About the Author:
Darrel Sewell is the Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Curator of American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Contributors to the catalogue include Kathleen Foster, Nica Gutman, William Innes Homer, Elizabeth Milroy, Douglass Paschall, Marc Simpson, Carol Troyen, Mark S. Tucker, H. Barbara Weinberg, and Any Werbel.
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