Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
36.8 x 26.7 cm. (14 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.)
David Hunter McAlpin Fund, 1943
Not on view
Thomas Eakins employed photography as a way to imbue his paintings with increased naturalism. He used his students at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts as models and began to compile a photographic catalogue that would aid his studies of the human form. This image is a study of pose and gesture in which the stance of the models consciously echoes that of the figures in Eakins' sculpted relief Arcadia (1883) seen resting on a worktable.
Thomas Eakins; [...]; [Charles Bregler, Philadelphia]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Four Victorian Photographers," November 16, 1967–January 1, 1968.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. p. 441.