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Thomas Eakins

Wrestlers, 1899

Oil on canvas
48 3/8 × 60 in
122.9 × 152.4 cm
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles
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In the collection of American Art at LACMA.

Gift of Cecile C. Bartman and The Cecile and Fred Bartman Foundation (M.2007.1)

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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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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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In the collection of American Art at LACMA.

Gift of Cecile C. Bartman and The Cecile and Fred …

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In the collection of American Art at LACMA.

Gift of Cecile C. Bartman and The Cecile and Fred Bartman Foundation (M.2007.1)

Medium
Painting
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Image provided by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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.

Thomas Eakins

Wrestlers, 1899

Oil on canvas
48 3/8 × 60 in
122.9 × 152.4 cm
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