Musée d'Orsay: Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) An American Realist

Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) An American Realist


This retrospective presents for the first time in France the most important paintings, photographs and sculptures by the greatest American artist at the turn of the century after Winslow Homer.

Trained in Paris by Bonnat and Gérôme, Thomas Eakins practised an art that was remarkable for its scientific rigour in representing typically American contemporary subjects, in particular the sporting life. Eakins's work is also crucial in investigating the relationship between painting and photography in the nineteenth century.

The exhibition highlights the complex and stimulating links between the two techniques. This confrontation reveals an artist haunted by the representation of the body, who explored, often audaciously, one of the founding themes of modern American culture and imagination.


Darrel Sewell, The Robert L. Mc.Neil, Jr., curator of American Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, W. Douglass Paschall, Research Associate and Coordinator Department of American Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and Laurence des Cars, curator, musée d'Orsay

Exhibition organised in collaboration with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, the Réunion des musées nationaux, the Musée d'Orsay and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Exhibition supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, Philadelphia and organised in media partnership with Paris Première.

Exhibition also presented at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, from October 4, 2001 to January 6, 2002 and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) from June 18 to September 15, 2002


48/14, La revue du musée d'Orsay, issue # 14, Spring 2002
Musée d'Orsay / Réunion des musées nationaux
€ 11

Exhibition catalogue
Thomas Eakins
Philadelphia Museum of Arts+Yale University Press
€ 44

Symposium proceedings
Thomas Eakins, Painting and Masculinity
Terra Foundation - Musée d'Art américain de Giverny
€ 18

5 February - 12 May 2002
Musée d'Orsay

galleries 55 to 60

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