Though he was an accomplished painter in his own right, Thomas Anshutz’s legacy owes much to his work as an educator of the early American modernists at the end of the 19th century. In 1875 Anshutz moved to Philadelphia where he studied under realist Thomas Eakins. The two embarked on a long working relationship and friendship, with Eakins encouraging Anshutz to work from anatomy classes and use the cutting-edge medium of photography. Best known for his oil portraiture, Anshutz also experimented with landscape, often painting in watercolor en plein air. As a teacher, Anshutz was a link between Eakins and the Ashcan School, as he taught George Luks, John Sloan, Robert Henri, and other members of The Eight, who would come to define the movement.