Thomas Eakins

American, 1844–1916

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Thomas Eakins

American, 1844–1916

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Thomas Eakins was at the forefront of Realist painters who shifted the focus of American art from landscape to the figural subjects favored by the European academies in the 19th century. Working in oil, watercolor, sculpture and photography, Eakins is renowned for his pictures of outdoor activities and portraits of intense, brooding figures—many of whom were his friends and acquaintances—pictured in darkened interiors. Influenced by the motion studies of Eadweard Muybridge, Eakins was fascinated by the male physique, often unabashedly photographing his models in full nudity while boxing or wrestling. Viewing photographs as discrete works of art on paper, Eakins not only changed the status of photography as an art form but also introduced the camera as a tool in the American art studio.

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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
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Collected by a major institution
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and 3 more
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frieze, and 1 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more
Biography

Thomas Eakins was at the forefront of Realist painters who shifted the focus of American art from landscape to the figural subjects favored by the European academies in the 19th century. Working in oil, watercolor, sculpture and photography, Eakins is renowned for his pictures of outdoor activities and portraits of intense, brooding figures—many of whom were his friends and acquaintances—pictured in darkened interiors. Influenced by the motion studies of Eadweard Muybridge, Eakins was fascinated by the male physique, often unabashedly photographing his models in full nudity while boxing or wrestling. Viewing photographs as discrete works of art on paper, Eakins not only changed the status of photography as an art form but also introduced the camera as a tool in the American art studio.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and 3 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Thomas Eakins
Thomas Eakins’s “The Gross Clinic” May Be the Most Important American Painting
Nov 23rd, 2019
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