A Drawing Manual by Thomas Eakins

A Drawing Manual by Thomas Eakins

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by Thomas Eakins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300108478

ISBN-13: 9780300108477

Pub. Date: 03/11/2005

Publisher: Yale University Press

While a teacher at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the celebrated American artist Thomas Eakins (1844–1916) prepared a drawing manual for his students. The manuscript developed out of his famous lectures at the Academy on linear perspective, mechanical drawing, reflections, and sculptural relief and included illustrations by the artist. Following

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While a teacher at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the celebrated American artist Thomas Eakins (1844–1916) prepared a drawing manual for his students. The manuscript developed out of his famous lectures at the Academy on linear perspective, mechanical drawing, reflections, and sculptural relief and included illustrations by the artist. Following his forced resignation from the Academy in 1886, Eakins abandoned plans to publish the manual, and the parts were dispersed. Today, drafts of the manuscript reside at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and at the Academy, which also holds many of the illustrations.
A Drawing Manual brings together Eakins’s text, based on a concordance of the drafts, and his original drawings for the project. This remarkable publication reveals Eakins’s personality and teaching philosophy, demonstrating why the artist was renowned as a plainspoken, effective teacher. In her fascinating introduction, Kathleen A. Foster sketches the background of the manuscript in the artist’s life and the story of the publication project. Amy B. Werbel provides an illuminating essay on Eakins’s place in the tradition of perspective drawing.
This book is essential for any student, scholar, curator, or individual interested in American art and art education.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300108477
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/11/2005
Series:
Primary Sources in American Art Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

The tools of art : the drawing manual of Thomas Eakins8
Thomas Eakins : last of the art crusaders27
A drawing manual
Ch. ILinear perspective : tracing on a window pane47
Ch. IILinear perspective : picture plane established51
Ch. IIILinear perspective : theory of vanishing points55
Ch. IVMechanical drawing69
Ch. VIsometric drawing77
Ch. VIReflections in water81
Ch. VIISculptured relief89
AppNotes on the construction of a camera101
AppNotes on the differential action of certain muscles passing more than one joint109
AppRefraction115

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