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The Pathetic Song

Artist:
Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Date:
1881
Medium:
Watercolor on off-white wove paper
Dimensions:
16 3/4 x 11 3/16 in. (42.5 x 28.4 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Joan Whitney Payson, 1975
Accession Number:
1976.201.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 746
Eakins, the eminent Realist painter active in Philadelphia, apparently made only twenty-eight watercolors, of which all but three date from early in his career, between 1873 and 1882. During that time he was a frequent exhibitor at annual shows of the American Society of Painters in Water Colors and his work received favorable reviews. Eakins created this replica of his larger oil of the same title (1881; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.) as a gift for the friend who posed as the singer.
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