Thomas Anshutz, ‘Woman Reading at a Desk’, ca. 1910, Godel & Co.

Anshutz is remembered today primarily as a teacher who shaped a generation of American artists, including Robert Henri, Maxfield Parrish, and John Marin. He himself was profoundly influenced by Thomas Eakins, his teacher at the @philadelphiasketch and @pafacademy. Our painting likely depicts Rebecca Whelan, daughter of the President of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and one of Anshutz’s students. She served as model for many of his late figure pieces, including A Rose of 1908 now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Signature: Signed lower right: Thos Anshutz

About Thomas Anshutz

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.

American, 1851-1912, Newport, KY, United States, based in Fort Washington, PA, United States