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Realism, Writing, Disfiguration
Michael Fried
0226262111
Nov 1988
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From Library Journal
This study by the director of Johns Hopkins University's Humanities Center consists of two lengthy essays offering provocative interpretations of two masters of realism. Fried first examines minutely Eakins's famous The Gross Clinic in terms of explicit and implicit references to the act of writing, a concern Fried finds present in many Eakins compositions. In the second section, Fried focuses on the disturbing images of supine, staring bodies depicted repeatedly in Crane's writings, which, Fried believes, reveal an authorial preoccupation with the process of writing as the act of inscribing signs on paper. Fried's discourse on these thematic tensions raises questions of analysis that will intrigue both art historians and literary critics. Starr E. Smith, Georgetown Univ. Lib., Washington, D.C.Copyright 1987 Reed...


Thomas Eakins
Thomas Eakins (Artist)
0300091117
November 2001
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Accompanying the first major retrospective in more than 20 years of a major American artist, this catalogue is simply ravishing. Eakins (1844-1916) produced some of the most hauntingly beautiful pastoral paintings and portraits of any era, in a manner related to but distinct from contemporaries J.M. Whistler and Winslow Homer. Sewell, Robert L. McNeil Jr. curator of American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (in Eakins's home city, whence the exhibit originates), divides Eakins's career into four distinct periods, bringing together compelling strands of Eakins scholarship, particularly on the systematic sets of photographs the artist took and from which he often worked, including Muybridgian motion studies. Seeing and reading about the transformation of enigmatic sepia-toned photographic nudes (often...


Still Looking: Essays on American Art
John Updike
1400044189
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Bookmarks Magazine
Published primarily in the New York Review of Books, the collected essays in Still Looking are less art criticism than finely honed art appreciations. Reviewers note Updike’s inquisitive tone and earnest interest in his subject matter. The often honored (an American Book Award, an O. Henry Prize, a National Medal for the Humanities) and prolific author once aspired for a career in cartooning and studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford, England. The major complaint, if it can be registered as such, is that Updike is so effective at bringing these works to life that the book, though amply illustrated, provokes frustration that the exhibitions are no longer running.Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.

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Thomas Eakins Collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Smithsonian Institute
0226691020
Sept 1979
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The Revenge of Thomas Eakins
Sidney Kirkpatrick
0300108559
March 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Biographer Kirkpatrick brings the cinematic clarity of a documentary filmmaker to this portrait of Thomas Eakins, the controversial Philadelphia portrait artist whose "failure to abide by the artistic trends that defined his times" resulted in work that was richly interesting and highly controversial. Kirkpatrick takes considerable pains to portray the contradictory philosophical moorings and childlike prurience that marked Eakins's eccentric career. Prior to Eakins's resignation from the Pennsylvania Academy amid muddied allegations of impropriety, his students held him-and the capital "E" he would place on canvases in which he saw marked improvement-in great esteem. And though he was a pioneer in the use of photography and a champion of nude modeling (he was "starved for the nude," as one...


The Metropolitan Museum of Art Can You Find It Outside : Search and Discover for Young Art Lovers
Jessica Schulte
0810957957
October 2005
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From Booklist
Gr. 2-4. Like the previous volumes by Judith Cressy in the Can You Find It? series, published in conjunction with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this book has children look for specific items in a series of paintings. Unlike the previous volumes, in which a simple text on each spread lists things to pick out of the paintings, here rhymed couplets pose questions for children to answer. It would be easy to dismiss a book with rhymes like "Can you find it? Do you see? / A chicken perches by a tree. / Not so far, now look nearby / And see a horse who's staying dry. / Now get ready and get set / To find a wagon getting wet." On the other hand, it's hard to pass up a book with thirteen fine paintings that are accessible to children, beautifully reproduced, and (many of them) not often found in art books for young people. And...


Thomas Eakins
Helen A. Cooper
0300077858
July 1998
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Book Description
Thomas Eakins` extraordinary rowing pictures-some of the most celebrated and recognized images in the history of American art-appear together for the first time in this beautiful book. Fascinating information about the sport of rowing and its heroes, about Eakins` development as an artist, and about nineteenth-century social, cultural, and artistic concerns accompanies the twenty-four oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings of this extraordinary series.


Thomas Eakins
Alice A. Carter
0810958309
September 2001
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
This series is geared to the needs of the armchair art lover eager to broaden his or her knowledge of the art world without having to wade through lengthy and sometimes pretentious tomes. Past titles have focused on artists as disparate as Hieronymous Bosch, John James Audubon, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, and Cindy Sherman, and all have followed a fairly similar formula. Look here for art history "lite," with no indexing and no attempt to appear scholarly but lots of good illustrations. There are stylistic differences among the individual writers, some of whom have better qualifications than others. For example, Chollet's previous writing experiences have been limited to screenplays (Seven Years in Tibet), and the Cassatt book can be maddening because of the author's preoccupation with feminist...


More than Words: The Art of the Illustrated Letter
Liza Kirwin
1568985231
October 2005
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Smithsonian Magazine, October, 2005
The witty warm missives in MORE THAN WORDS make one wonder if personal correspondence is in danger of dying today.

Wall Street Journal, 1/21/2006
Today, when illustrating a communication...is adding smiley-face emoticons to instant messages...this arrives like a letter from long-lost friend.

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A Drawing Manual by Thomas Eakins
Thomas Eakins
0300108478
Mar 2005
Hardcover
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Edward J. Sozanski, Philadelphia Inquirer
"An important artifact of American art history finally rescued from obscurity."

Book Description
While a teacher at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the celebrated American artist Thomas Eakins (1844–1916) prepared a drawing manual for his students. The manuscript developed out of his famous lectures at the Academy on linear perspective, mechanical drawing, reflections, and sculptural relief and included illustrations by the artist. Following his forced resignation from the Academy in 1886, Eakins abandoned plans to publish the manual, and the parts were dispersed. Today, drafts of the manuscript reside at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and at the Academy, which also holds many of the illustrations.

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Man Made: Thomas Eakins and the Construction of Gilded Age Manhood
Martin A. Berger
0520222091
August 2000
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Book Description
Often censured during his lifetime for his insistence on studying and painting from the nude, Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) is now acclaimed as one of America's greatest realist painters. Man Made examines Eakins's art and life, illustrating how the artist used his canvases to cope with the complex requirements of Victorian gender. Martin Berger reads a series of Eakins's paintings, ranging from early to late works, giving a nuanced and elegant examination of Eakins's portrayal of white, middle-class manhood. This provocative cultural art history treats these paintings in terms of what they reveal about Eakins's own identity as well as the nation's changing ideals of manhood during the final years of the nineteenth century.

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Imagining America: Icons of 20th-Century American Art
John Carlin
0300109970
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Published as a companion to a PBS film, this book takes readers from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Cindy Sherman in under 200 image-filled pages. Focusing on the biggest names in 20th-century art-O'Keefe, Davis, Pollock, Rauschenberg, Warhol, Basquiat-the authors, writer-curator Carlin and art historian Fineberg, present a spirited case for artists as society's "independent conscience," probing and reflecting changes that have shaped American life. The ideas of writers like Emerson, Pynchon and McLuhan and key developments in American music such as jazz and hip-hop are interwoven with stories of the creative quests of individual artists, which are gripping without being over-romanticized. This emphasis on the interplay between the artist and society won't appeal to everyone, and the dearth of strong critical judgments...


Six Thomas Eakins Cards
Thomas Eakins
0486424006
Oct 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) is widely regarded as the greatest American painter of the nineteenth century. While his portraits are Rembrandtesque in style, his outdoor paintings are strikingly modern and particularly American in their concern with light and atmosphere. Six of his finest paintings are reproduced for this collection: The Champion Single Sculls, 1871; Swimming, 1884-85; Portrait of Walt Whitman, 1887-88; The Agnew Clinic, 1889; The Concert Singer, 1890-02; and Self-Portrait, 1902. Dover Original. 6 full-color cards.


Thomas Eakins Rediscovered: Charles Bregler's Thomas Eakins Collection at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Kathleen A. Foster
0300061749
January 1998
Hardcover
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Book Description
More than fifty years ago, a treasury of studio material-including oil sketches, sculptures, drawings, photographs, and manuscripts-was rescued from the empty house of Thomas Eakins by a devoted student, Charles Bregler. This book is both a catalogue of the Bregler collection and a reassessment of Eakins`s career as read through the newly discovered materials.


Thomas Eakins: His Life and Art
William Innes Homer
0789207745
September 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
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. According to art historian Homer, author of books on Albert Pinkham Ryder and Alfred Stieglitz, Eakins harbored unconscious hostility toward women and ``wanted to defeminize them.'' He married one of his most promising art students, Susan Macdowell, then gave her no encouragement to paint. By relatives' accounts, he may have sexually abused his 23-year-old niece, Ella Crowell, triggering her suicide. In a startling, fresh, gloriously illustrated biographical-critical portrait, Homer knocks the halo off Eakins while capturing the humanity and complexity of his art. Drawing...

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