By Henry Adams
Thomas Eakins is extensively one in all the good American painters, an artist whose uncompromising realism helped circulation American paintings from the Victorian period into the fashionable age. he's additionally acclaimed as a paragon of integrity, one that stood up for his inventive ideals even if they introduced him own difficulty--as while he was once fired from the Pennsylvania Academy of paintings for elimination a model's loincloth in a drawing classification.
but underneath the skin of Eakins's photographs is a feeling of brooding unease and latent violence--a ache voiced via certainly one of his sitters who stated his portrait "decapitated" her. In Eakins Revealed, artwork historian Henry Adams examines the darkish facet of Eakins's existence and paintings, in a startling new biography that might swap our realizing of this American icon. in response to shut learn of Eakins's paintings and new study within the Bregler papers, a big assortment by no means absolutely mined via students, this quantity exhibits Eakins used to be no longer in simple terms uncompromising, yet harsh and brutal either in his own existence and in his portray. Adams uncovers the sour own feuds and family members tragedies surrounding Eakins--his mom died insane and his niece devoted suicide amid allegations that Eakins had seduced her--and files the artist's tendency towards mental abuse and sexual harassment of these round him.
This provocative publication not just unveils new proof approximately Eakins's lifestyles; extra vital, it is smart, for the 1st time, of the enigmas of his paintings. Eakins Revealed gives you to be a debatable biography that might allure readers inside and out the paintings global, and fascinate a person taken with the secret of creative genius.
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