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Thomas Eakins: His Life and Art

William Innes Homer

ISBN 10: 1558592814 / ISBN 13: 9781558592810
Published by Abbeville Press, 1992
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Special collectors edition signed by the author on bookplate affixed to front free endpaper; bound in full leather, raised hub spine, inset cover illustration. Minor dust to page tops else a fine fresh copy. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1500827338988

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Title: Thomas Eakins: His Life and Art

Publisher: Abbeville Press

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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The range of Thomas Eakins' (1844-1916) work is dazzling - handsome sporting scenes (sculling, swimming, baseball, boxing..), dramatic historical tableaux, psychologically incisive portraits, as well as sculptures and scientifically astute experiments with photography. His influence as both artist and teacher permeates American art history.

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Long celebrated, like his crony and idol Walt Whitman, as an advocate of ``the common man,'' American realist painter Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) emerges here as a self-righteous, domineering egotist troubled by sexual obsessions and dark secrets. According to art historian Homer, author of books on Albert Pinkham Ryder and Alfred Stieglitz, Eakins harbored unconscious hostility toward women and ``wanted to defeminize them.'' He married one of his most promising art students, Susan Macdowell, then gave her no encouragement to paint. By relatives' accounts, he may have sexually abused his 23-year-old niece, Ella Crowell, triggering her suicide. In a startling, fresh, gloriously illustrated biographical-critical portrait, Homer knocks the halo off Eakins while capturing the humanity and complexity of his art. Drawing on hitherto unavailable source materials, he fathoms a painter who, like Whitman, evinced disregard for the conventions of his time.

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