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Thomas Eakins: Art and Innovation in the 19th Century

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Abigail Hollar

on 28 April 2010

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THOMAS EAKINS: Art & Innovation in the 19th Century Copied or Created? Greco-Roman Tradition Idealized Romanicized Classics Reproductions Academies Teaching Methods: American Innovation Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts research expertise invention Realism "Master of the Past" "Leaders of the Future" Impressionism John Singer Sargent Mary Cassatt Degas Monet Edweard Muybridge Motion Studies: The Horse Debate Science as Art? OR Art as Science Tasteful or Tacky? Vulgar Franchise Medical Documentation "non-style" narrative props objective 'Life Studies' vs 'Freaks of Nature' Quantify Humaness Seeming Medical Purposes Desire to Diagnose His aim to represent as near as possible with the pigments at command, the absolute facts of nature, and a misprepresentation of the facts for the purpose of pleasing the eye was not his purpose" (Turner, 42) "Naked Series" Faux Science "Men of Science" The Gross Clinic (1875) The Agnew Clinic (1889) ”It is impossible to escape from Mr. Eakins’s ghastly symphonies in gore and bitumen. Delicate or sensitive women or children suddenly confronted by these clinical horrors might receive a shock from which they would never recover” (Kirkpatrick, 398) The Chess Players Gender Roles innocenct "Eakins broke many of the 19th century codes of society. It was not the subjects themselves that was unacceptable, but who was viewing them, and in what context" (Turner, 22) power distinction priviledge malleable sheltered
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