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Thomas Eakins

American painter, photographer, and sculptor

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
American painter, photographer, and sculptor, best known for his precise, exacting paintings in the tradition of the Barbizon School and Velásquez. He studied with Gérome and others in Paris from 1866 to 1869, but returned to Philadelphia in 1870 where he painted local figures and scenes that emphasized emotional truth and visual fact. His interest in science led to probably his best-known painting, "The Gross Clinic" (1875), showing the famous surgeon in the operating theater. The picture shocked contemporaries with its frank depiction of blood. Eakins taught at the Philadelphia Academy of the Arts from 1876 to 1878, reforming the teaching methods and giving priority to painting from live nude models as oppose to drawing from plaster casts. American artist.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500115198.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Thomas Eakins:

Anonymous after Thomas Eakins “The Agnew Clinic” by Thomas Eakins, ca. 1890 Albumen print or possibly a toned gelatin silver print after an albumen print
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