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Portrait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (The Gross Clinic)

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Description: Thomas Eakins: The Heroism of Modern Life
THE EARLY years of the 1870s saw radical changes in the fabric of national life. With economic and psychological recovery from the Civil War hardly resolved, Americans were faced with tides of immigrants, employment in factories...
PublisherPrinceton University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.46-81
Description: Naked Authority: The Body in Western Painting, 1830–1908
As institutions, psychoanalysis and art history have much in common. Indeed, it might be argued that they share a point of origin – Vienna around the turn of the last century – and that they work within a common body of material...
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.35-58
Description: Looking at Men: Anatomy, Masculinity and the Modern Male Body
François Sallé’s The Anatomy Class (1888, see fig. 1.1) focuses on a muscular ‘labouring’ body and provides important material for examining ideas of normality...
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.110-139
Description: Art of the United States, 1750–2000: Primary Sources
When former Union general Ulysses S. Grant was elected president on the Republican ticket in 1868, defeating the sitting Democratic candidate, Andrew Johnson, many hoped that he would be able push through the reforms of Reconstruction ...
PublisherTerra Foundation for American Art
Related print edition pages: pp.160-205
Description: Indecent Exposures: Eadweard Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion Nudes
~Upon arriving in Philadelphia in the spring of 1884, Muybridge began his work by photographing animals in an outdoor studio he set up at Philadelphia’s Zoological Garden. Ultimately, his outdoor studio for human subjects in the enclosure of the university’s Veterinary Department would...
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.35-75
Description: Art and the French Commune: Imagining Paris after War and Revolution
~Elizabeth Anne McCauley’s Industrial Madness: Commercial Photography in Paris 1848–1871, New Haven, 1994, contains a major chapter on the photographer Auguste Bruno Braquehais (pp. 149–194), where she notes that his 109 views of the Commune constitute “his largest body of work” dedicated to a single theme. She also observes...
PublisherPrinceton University Press
Description: Act of Portrayal: Eakins, Sargent, James
~The Agnew Clinic (fig. 1) today hangs high on a wall in the foyer of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. The painting cannot be taken in all at once; approximately six feet high by eleven feet long, it is exceptionally large. What first attracts the eye is the white-clad figure standing in isolation in the foreground, left...
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.27-82
Description: Thomas Eakins: The Rowing Pictures
From the beginning of Thomas Eakins’ career in the early 1870s to the present, critics and scholars have consistently remarked on the “manly” nature of the artist’s works, but never have the masculine qualities of the paintings been explained. In...
PublisherYale University Art Gallery
Related print edition pages: pp.102-123
Description: Thomas Eakins: Art, Medicine, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia
Sometime between 1883 and 1885, a colleague photographed Thomas Eakins unclothed and holding aloft a naked female student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (fig. 1). In recent decades, this image has been tendered as the most tangible proof of the artist’s indiscretions. Although the scene undoubtedly is worthy of critique, it also is worth noting that Eakins hardly was the first indiscreet Philadelphian. More than a century before that shutter snapped, Charles Willson Peale sketched …
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.1-27

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