Two American Realist Painters. ≈ ≈ ≈ Winslow Homer & Thomas Eakins. Portrait of Maud Cook (1895) by Thomas Eakins.
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Two American Realist Painters
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Winslow Homer & Thomas Eakins
Portrait of Maud Cook (1895) by Thomas Eakins
Concerning this drawing, Sharpshooter on Picket Duty,Homer wrote, “I was not a soldier but a camp follower & artist. The above impression struck me as being as near murder as anything I ever could think of in connection with the army & I always had a horror of that branch of the service.”
Prisoners from the Front (1866)
“In the Northeaster , as in many other [Homer] paintings, this quality of simplicity is remarkably exemplified. A few massive rock forms combined with onrushing waves are made to give one a tremendous sense of power and reality.” —John W. Beatty
Homer’s direct & energetic interpretation of man's stoic relationship to a neutral & often harsh wilderness influenced succeeding generations of American painters. The Gulf Stream (1899)
He painted many scenes of outdoor life and sporting events. Max Schmitt in a Single Scull (1871)
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Born in Philadelphia, Eakins studied art at the Penn-sylvania Academy of Fine Arts and anatomy at Jefferson Medical College. John Biglin in a Single Scull (1874)
In 1886, during one of his anatomy lectures, Eakins removed a loincloth from a male model in the presence of women students. After receiving complaints, the head of the academy asked Eakins to tender his resignation. Swimming (1885)
The Agnew Clinic (1889) “To draw the human figure it is necessary to know as much as possible about it, about its structure and its movements, its bones and muscles, how they are made, and how they act.” —Thomas Eakins