Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object

The Way They Live

Artist:
Thomas Anshutz (American, Newport, Kentucky 1851–1912 Fort Washington, Pennsylvania)
Date:
1879
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
24 x 17 in. (61 x 43.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Morris K. Jesup Fund, 1940
Accession Number:
40.40
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 762
During the 1870s, American Realists such as Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins occasionally depicted African Americans engaged in their daily activities. Here, Anshutz portrayed a woman and two children caring for their vegetable garden. The rural setting appears pleasant, but the figures’ poses and facial expressions seem to project despair, even anger. Although the composition is ambitious, the treatment of anatomy—especially the woman’s elongated arm—suggests that Anshutz, then studying with Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, still had much to learn.
Related Objects

Female Nude (recto)

Artist: Thomas Anshutz (American, Newport, Kentucky 1851–1912 Fort Washington, Pennsylvania) Date: ca. 1895 Medium: charcoal on off white laid paper Accession: 2009.457a On view in:Not on view

Embracing Figures (verso)

Artist: Thomas Anshutz (American, Newport, Kentucky 1851–1912 Fort Washington, Pennsylvania) Date: ca. 1895 Medium: charcoal on off white laid paper Accession: 2009.457b On view in:Not on view

Cast Study with Students

Artist: Thomas Anshutz (American, Newport, Kentucky 1851–1912 Fort Washington, Pennsylvania) Medium: Charcoal on white laid paper Accession: 67.121 On view in:Not on view

Two Male Figures Wrestling

Artist: Thomas Anshutz (American, Newport, Kentucky 1851–1912 Fort Washington, Pennsylvania) Medium: Charcoal on off-white laid paper Accession: 1980.88 On view in:Not on view

A Rose

Artist: Thomas Anshutz (American, Newport, Kentucky 1851–1912 Fort Washington, Pennsylvania) Date: 1907 Medium: Oil on canvas Accession: 1993.324 On view in:Gallery 768