December 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

Miss Amelia van Buren.

This painting from 1891 by Thomas Eakins stood out among the overwhelming number of images I come across in an average day.

After a little bit of research, I found out that Eakins studied both painting and anatomy. Just after Realism expanded out of France in the mid 19th century, Eakins took a more Brutalist approach to painting, creating “more reality than many viewers could endure.” That isn’t necessarily portrayed in this piece, but there is something more realistic than the rest of the art during this era.

“Eakins preferred a slow, deliberate method of careful invention based on his observations of the perspective, the anatomy, and the actual details of his subject.”

(creds: The Phillips Collection, Art Through the Ages)

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