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- Thomas Eakins, the heroism of modern life / by Elizabeth Johns. / Johns, Elizabeth, 1937-.
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Rubbed corners, age toning. With a rich discussion of the cultural and vocational context of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Elizabeth Johns answers this question. Published by Princeton Univ Pr From: Susan B. Schreiber Bremerton, WA, U. In the late s, Eakins was introduced to the photographic motion studies of Eadweard Muybridge , particularly the equine studies , and became interested in using the camera to study sequential movement. After Eakins obtained a camera in , several paintings, such as Mending the Net and Arcadia , are known to have been derived at least in part from his photographs.
Some figures appear to be detailed transcriptions and tracings from the photographs by some device like a magic lantern , which Eakins then took pains to cover up with oil paint. Eakins' methods appear to be meticulously applied, and rather than shortcuts, were likely used in a quest for accuracy and realism. An excellent example of Eakins' use of this new technology is his painting A May Morning in the Park , which relied heavily on photographic motion studies to depict the true gait of the four horses pulling the coach of patron Fairman Rogers.
But in typical fashion, Eakins also employed wax figures and oil sketches to get the final effect he desired. The so-called "Naked Series", which began in , were nude photos of students and professional models which were taken to show real human anatomy from several specific angles, and were often hung and displayed for study at the school.
Later, less regimented poses were taken indoors and out, of men, women, and children, including his wife.
The most provocative, and the only ones combining males and females, were nude photos of Eakins and a female model see below. Although witnesses and chaperones were usually on site, and the poses were mostly traditional in nature, the sheer quantity of the photos and Eakins' overt display of them may have undermined his standing at the Academy. I will never have to give up painting, for even now I could paint heads good enough to make a living anywhere in America. For Eakins, portraiture held little interest as a means of fashionable idealization or even simple verisimilitude.
Instead, it provided the opportunity to reveal the character of an individual through the modeling of solid anatomical form.
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But his total output of some two hundred and fifty portraits is characterized by "an uncompromising search for the unique human being". Often this search for individuality required that the subject be painted in his own daily working environment. Eakins' Portrait of Professor Benjamin H. Rand was a prelude to what many consider his most important work.
Samuel D. Gross , is seen presiding over an operation to remove part of a diseased bone from a patient's thigh. Gross lectures in an amphitheater crowded with students at Jefferson Medical College. Eakins spent nearly a year on the painting, again choosing a novel subject, the discipline of modern surgery, in which Philadelphia was in the forefront.heathumebe.gq
He initiated the project and may have had the goal of a grand work befitting a showing at the Centennial Exposition of Army Post Hospital. In sharp contrast, another Eakins submission, The Chess Players , was accepted by the Committee and was much admired at the Centennial Exhibition, and critically praised. Eakins' high expectations at the start of the project were recorded in a letter, "What elates me more is that I have just got a new picture blocked in and it is very far better than anything I have ever done.
Eakins borrowed it for subsequent exhibitions, where it drew strong reactions, such as that of the New York Daily Tribune , which both acknowledged and damned its powerful image, "but the more one praises it, the more one must condemn its admission to a gallery where men and women of weak nerves must be compelled to look at it. For not to look it is impossible No purpose is gained by this morbid exhibition, no lesson taught—the painter shows his skill and the spectators' gorge rises at it—that is all.
In , Eakins completed a portrait of Dr. Done in a more informal setting than The Gross Clinic , it was a personal favorite of Eakins, and The Art Journal proclaimed "it is in every respect a more favorable example of this artist's abilities than his much-talked-of composition representing a dissecting room. Other outstanding examples of his portraits include The Agnew Clinic ,  Eakins' most important commission and largest painting, which depicted another eminent American surgeon, Dr. James W. Holland, and Professor Leslie W. Miller , portraits of educators standing as if addressing an audience; a portrait of Frank Hamilton Cushing c.
Rowland , a brilliant scientist whose study of spectroscopy revolutionized his field;  Antiquated Music ,  in which Mrs.
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William D. Frishmuth is shown seated amidst her collection of musical instruments; and The Concert Singer —92 ,  for which Eakins asked Weda Cook to sing "O rest in the Lord", so that he could study the muscles of her throat and mouth. In order to replicate the proper deployment of a baton , Eakins enlisted an orchestral conductor to pose for the hand seen in the lower left-hand corner of the painting. Of Eakins' later portraits, many took as their subjects women who were friends or students.
Unlike most portrayals of women at the time, they are devoid of glamor and idealization. She is a substantial presence, a vision quite different from the era's fashionable portraiture. So, too, his Portrait of Maud Cook , where the obvious beauty of the subject is noted with "a stark objectivity". The portrait of Miss Amelia Van Buren c. Some of his most vivid portraits resulted from a late series done for the Catholic clergy, which included paintings of a cardinal, archbishops, bishops, and monsignors.
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As usual, most of the sitters were engaged at Eakins' request, and were given the portraits when Eakins had completed them. Turner c. Deeply affected by his dismissal from the Academy, Eakins' later career focused on portraiture, such as his Portrait of Professor William S. His steadfast insistence on his own vision of realism, in addition to his notoriety from his school scandals, combined to hurt his income in later years. Even as he approached these portraits with the skill of a highly trained anatomist , what is most noteworthy is the intense psychological presence of his sitters.
However, it was precisely for this reason that his portraits were often rejected by the sitters or their families. His portrait of Walt Whitman — was the poet's favorite.
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