Thomas Eakins Rediscovered: Charles Bregler's Thomas Eakins Collection at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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More than fifty years ago, a treasury of studio materialincluding oil sketches, sculptures, drawings, photographs, and manuscripts - was rescued from the empty house of Thomas Eakins by a devoted student, Charles Bregler. Deemed worthless then, the "rubbish" that Bregler reverently saved has only recently become recognized as an important source of information about the life and working habits of one of America's greatest artists. This book is both a catalogue of the Bregler collection and a reassessment of ...
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Overview

More than fifty years ago, a treasury of studio materialincluding oil sketches, sculptures, drawings, photographs, and manuscripts - was rescued from the empty house of Thomas Eakins by a devoted student, Charles Bregler. Deemed worthless then, the "rubbish" that Bregler reverently saved has only recently become recognized as an important source of information about the life and working habits of one of America's greatest artists. This book is both a catalogue of the Bregler collection and a reassessment of Eakins' career as read through the newly discovered materials. Foster analyzes Eakins' habits as a draftsman, unlocking his famous perspective drawings to reveal his idiosyncratic practices. She examines his innovations as a watercolorist and photographer and describes his distinctive academic procedures in oil paint and clay. Foster then investigates a series of Eakins' best know projects, from the early sporting paintings to the late portraits, to explain the sequence of his method, the development of his imagery, and the meaning that emerges from the interaction of subject and technique.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300061741
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 8.73 (w) x 11.24 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Director's Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: "Small Things That Meant Study" 1
Pt. I Learning To Be an Artist
1 Home Life and Early Training 9
2 Central High School, 1857-1861 19
3 The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1862-1866 24
4 Gerome and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, 1866-1869 32
5 A.-A. Dumont and Academic Sculpture, 1868-1869 38
6 Bonnat and Spain, 1869-1870 41
Pt. II Medium and Method
7 Drawing: Thinking Made Visible 51
8 Oil Painting: The Material World 72
9 Watercolor: Lessons from France and Spain 81
10 Sculpture: The Legacy of the Ecole 98
11 Photography: Science and Art 106
Pt. III Projects
12 The Rowing Pictures: "A Passion for Perspective" 123
13 "Original and Studious Boating Scenes" 131
14 Art and History: William Rush Carving His Allegorical Figure of the Schuylkill River 144
15 Locomotion: The Fairman Rogers Four-in-Hand, 1878-1880 151
16 Gloucester Landscapes: "Camera Vision" and Impressionism 163
17 Nudes: The Camera in Arcadia 178
18 "A Little Trip to the West," cowritten with Cheryl Leibold 189
19 Portraits: Case Studies Define a Method 198
Conclusion: Artist and Teacher: The Meaning of Academic Realism 225
Notes to the Text 232
Catalogue of Charles Bregler's Thomas Eakins Collection: Guide to the Catalogue 286
The Conservation of the Paintings 453
References and Bibliography 460
Index 467
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