Thomas Eakins by William Innes Homer
His Life and Art

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The range of Thomas Eakins' (1844-1916) work is dazzling - handsome sporting scenes (sculling, swimming, baseball, boxing..), dramatic historical tableaux, psychologically incisive portraits, as well as sculptures and scientifically astute experiments with photography. His influence as both artist and teacher permeates American art history. This revisionist study of his life and work, based on extensive and newly discovered primary source materials aims to confirm the brilliance of his work or his importance to art history. It attempts to answer many of the questions that have long surrounded Eakins, and sets out to provide an unidealized evaluation of his strong-willed character and his vibrant art.
 

About William Innes Homer

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Homer is the H. Rodney Sharp Professor Emeritus and former Chairman of the Department of Art History at the University of Delaware.
 
Published September 1, 1992 by Abbeville Pr. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Homer (Thomas Eakins: His Life and Art ) has for the first time gathered and translated (from Eakins's Italian, French and even Old French) all of Eakins's private correspondence during this period.

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Long celebrated, like his crony and idol Walt Whitman, as an advocate of ``the common man,'' American realist painter Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) emerges here as a self-righteous, domineering egotist troubled by sexual obsessions and dark secrets.

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Accordingly, Eakins studies were transformed when the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts purchased what is now known as Charles Bregler's Thomas Eakins Collection (named for a former student who had removed the documents and souvenirs from the artist's house after the death of Eakins's widow).

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