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Thomas Eakins: Biglin Brothers Racing, 1872
Source: Artcyclopedia; photograph by Michael Weinberg


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Thomas Eakins

[American Realist Painter, 1844-1916]

• Also known as:  Thomas Cowperthwaite Eakins
• Relationships: Husband of Susan Macdowell Eakins.
Studied under Gerome and Leon Bonnat.
Eakins' students included Thomas Anshutz, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Phoebe Davis Natt and Frederick Judd Waugh.
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I don't like a long study of casts, even of the sculptors of the best Greek period. At best, they are only imitations, and an imitation of imitations cannot have so much life as an imitation of nature itself.
The Greeks did not study the antique: the
Theseus and Illyssus, and the draped figures in the Parthenon pediment were modeled from life, undoubtedly. And nature is just as varied and just as beautiful in our day as she was in the time of Phidias.
- Thomas Eakins


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Original works by Thomas Eakins available for purchase at art galleries worldwide
Paintings in Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide:
Notable SiteArt Institute of Chicago   NEW!

Notable SiteDallas Museum of Art, Texas   NEW!
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Notable SiteThomas Eakins at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan
2 works online

Notable SiteFine Arts Museums of San Francisco   NEW!

Notable SiteJ. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
3 works online by Eakins

Notable SiteMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City   NEW!  

Notable SiteMusée d'Orsay, Paris
Artworks in the museum's collections database

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas  
Portrait of John B. Gest, 1905

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston   NEW!
Paintings collection online

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.   NEW!
Includes a biography of the artist

Notable SiteSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art  

Notable SiteThomas Eakins at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

Notable SiteThe Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.
Miss Amelia Van Buren, ca.1891

Notable SiteYale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut  
John Biglin in a Single Scull

Notable SiteYale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut  
Maud Cook (Mrs. Robert C. Reid)

Notable SiteYale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut  
Rail Shooting

Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts

Amon Carter Museum, Texas
Swimming, 1885

Arkell Museum at Canajoharie, New York   NEW!
Portrait of Mrs. Stokes, 1904

Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Retrospection (b&w)

Ball State Museum of Art, Indiana
Shad Fishing at Gloucester on the Delaware River, 1881

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Maine (Zoomable)
Portrait of A. Bryan Wall, 1904

Brooklyn Museum, New York City

Brooklyn Museum/Luce Center for American Art, New York City
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Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Cedarhurst Center For The Arts, Mt. Vernon, Illinois
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Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio   NEW!
Archbishop William Henry Elder

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio
Weda Cook, 1891

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Singing a Pathetic Song

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
A new museum which, when we last checked, had not yet opened to the public
The Art Student - Portrait of James Wright, 1890

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
A new museum which, when we last checked, had not yet opened to the public
Professor Benjamin Howard Rand, 1874

Currier Gallery of Art, New Hampshire
2 works online

Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine
2 paintings online

Frick Art and Historical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Concert Singer, 1890-92

Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Frank Hamilton Cushing

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts
Harvard have works in their collections, but unfortunately you have to type in the search yourself

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.   NEW!

Hyde Collection Art Museum, Glens Falls, New York
Portrait of Henry O. Tanner, ca.1897

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Walt Whitman in Camden, New Jersey

Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
Professor John Laurie Wallace, 1885

Los Angeles County Museum of Art   NEW!

Maier Museum of Art at Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Virginia
(Note: Click the title to view the artwork details, not the thumbnail image.)

Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, New York
William H. Macdowell

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota  
Elizabeth L. Burton, oil on canvas, 1905-06, and an untitled photograph

Museum of the National Academy of Design, New York City
Edward W. Redfield, 1905
Self-Portrait, 1902

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
Dr. Albert C. Getchell, 1907

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey

Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
A. W. Lee, ca.1905

Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art
Baseball Players Practicing (see top row)

San Diego Museum of Art, California   NEW!

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California
Portrait of Master Douty, 1906

Seattle Art Museum

Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska
Portrait of Jennie Dean Kershaw

Smith College Museum of Art, Massachusetts

Thomas Eakins at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Washington D.C.
From "Getting the Picture: Illustrated Letters from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art"

Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana
The Reverend Phillip H. Mcdevitt, 1901

Southern Alleghenies Museum, Pennsylvania

Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago   NEW!
Portrait of Thomas J. Eagan, 1907

The Eakins Gallery at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia

The Huntington Library, California

Wichita Art Museum, Kansas
3 works online

Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts
Study of the Head of Samuel David Gross, 1875

National Art Databases and Museum Inventories:

Joconde Database of French Museum Collections (in French)  

La Fayette Database of American Art in French National Collections

Smithsonian American Art Museum National Art Inventories
List of works nationwide from two sources: the Inventory of American Paintings Executed before 1914 and the Inventory of American Sculpture (only a few percent of listings have an accompanying image)

Art Market:
(e.g. records of past sales at auction; sites providing examples of the artist's signature)
Christie's Past Sale Archive
(database goes as far back as 1991; images go about as far back as 1999)

Sotheby's Sold Lot Archive
(database goes as far back as 1998; images where permitted by copyright go about as far back as 2001)

Pictures from Image Archives:
Notable SiteThomas Eakins at The Art Renewal Center

Notable SiteThomas Eakins at The Artchive  

Notable SiteThomas Eakins at The Athenaeum  
116 works online by Eakins

Notable SiteThomas Eakins in the WebMuseum  

Notable SiteWikimedia Commons Image Database  

Notable SiteWorld Visit Guide (formerly Insecula)

Bert Christensen's Cyberspace Home  
John Biglin in a Single Scull

Bert Christensen's Cyberspace Home  
Miss Van Buren

Bert Christensen's Cyberspace Home  

California State University WorldImages Database  

Thomas Eakins at CGFA  

Ciudad de la Pintura (in Spanish)  

El Poder de la Palabra (The Power of the Word) (in Spanish)  

Humanities Web  

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

RKD Netherlands Imagebase   NEW!
Eclectic database of images that range from old black-and-white photos to superb, zoomable reproductions

The History Project at U.C. Davis  

USC Annenberg School for Communication

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Miscellaneous Sites:
Art at the University of Pennsylvania

Information from the documentary Thomas Eakins - Scenes from Modern Life

Biography, from the American Masters TV series

Repository of Abstract Art

University of Virginia Digital Collections
The Gross Clinic, 1875

Articles and Reference Sites:
Notable SiteEncyclopedia Britannica complete article on Thomas Eakins  
Note: The full version of the article is available only if you follow this link. If you bookmark the article and return later, or if you navigate directly to the Britannica website, you will see a 100-word preview only. Troubleshooting

Notable SiteRKD Netherlands Institute for Art History  

Notable SiteUnion List of Artist Names (Getty Museum)  
Reference sheet with basic information about the artist and pointers to other references.

Notable SiteWikipedia, the "Open Content" Encyclopedia
Biographical info

Ray Carney: Essays on American Painting
6 essays on Eakins

Resource Library Magazine

Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Washington D.C.
The Thomas Eakins letters

The Guardian Newspaper, UK
Essay on The Gross Clinic, 1875

The New York Observer
"Realist Thomas Eakins Back, Still Beloved", article by Hilton Kramer

The New York Observer
"Great Eakins Exhibit Finally Shows Up-With Nude Swimmers!", article by Hilton Kramer

The New Yorker
"The Surgeon", 2001 article by Peter Schjeldahl

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Realism, Writing, Disfiguration: On Thomas Eakins and Stephen Crane

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Thomas Eakins

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A Drawing Manual by Thomas Eakins

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The Revenge of Thomas Eakins

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Thomas Eakins and the Construction of Gilded Age Manhood

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Thomas Eakins Rediscovered

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Thomas Eakins: The Absolute Male

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Eakins Watercolors

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Thomas Eakins: His Life and Art

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Eakins and the Photograph


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