Thomas Eakins

Thomas Eakins

Art, Medicine, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-century Philadelphia

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Yale University
The life and work of Thomas Eakins (18441916), America’s most celebrated portrait painter, have long generated heated controversy. In this fresh and deeply researched interpretation of the artist, Amy Werbel sets Eakins in the context of Philadelphia’s scientific, medical, and artistic communities of the 19th century, and considers his provocative behavior in the light of other well-publicized scandals of his era. This illuminating perspective provides a rich, alternative account of Eakins and casts entirely new light on his renowned paintings.
Eakins’ modern critics have described his artistic motivations and beliefs as prurient and even pathological. Werbel challenges these interpretations and suggests instead that Eakins is best understood as an artist and teacher devoted to an exacting and profound study of the human body, to equality for women and men, and to middle-class meritocratic and Quaker philosophies.


Blackwell North Amer
Modern critics of Eakins have described his artistic motivations and beliefs as prurient and even pathological. Amy Werbel challenges these interpretations and suggests instead that Eakins is best understood as a socially progressive artist and teacher devoted to an exacting and profound study of the human body, to equality for women and men, and to middle-class meritocratic and Quaker philosophies.
Anchored by a wealth of archival material, this book persuasively counters recent sensationalized portrayals of Eakins and is essential reading for anyone interested in nineteenth-century American art and cultural history.

Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780300116557
0300116551
Branch Call Number: 759.13 EAKIN WERBL
Characteristics: xii, 194 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm

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