Portrait (Paperback)

The Life of Thomas Eakins

By William S. McFeely

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393330687, 237pp.

Publication Date: November 17, 2007

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Description

Thomas Eakins painted two worlds in nineteenth-century America: one sure of its values--statesmen, scientists, and philosophers--and one that offered an uncertain vision of the changing times. From the shadow of his mother's depression to his fraught identity as a married man with homosexual inclinations, to his failure to sell his work in his day, Eakins was a man marked equally by passion and melancholy.In this enlightening examination of Eakins's defining artistic moments and key relationships--with wife Susan MacDowell, with subject and friend Walt Whitman, and with several leading scientists of his time--William S. McFeely sheds light on the motivations and desires of a founder of American realism.