Portrait: The Life of Thomas Eakins

Portrait: The Life of Thomas Eakins

by William S. McFeely


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"Provocative.... McFeely sensitively chronicles the maturation of this enigmatic Philadelphian."—Matthew Price, New York Times Book Review

Thomas Eakins painted two worlds in nineteenth-century America: one sure of its values—statesmen, scientists, and philosophers—and one that offered an uncertain vision of the changing times. From the shadow of his mother's depression to his fraught identity as a married man with homosexual inclinations, to his failure to sell his work in his day, Eakins was a man marked equally by passion and melancholy.In this enlightening examination of Eakins's defining artistic moments and key relationships—with wife Susan MacDowell, with subject and friend Walt Whitman, and with several leading scientists of his time—William S. McFeely sheds light on the motivations and desires of a founder of American realism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393330687
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/05/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

William S. McFeely is Abraham Baldwin Professor of the Humanities, Emeritus, at the University of Georgia. He is the author of Yankee Stepfather: General O. O. Howard and the Freedmen; Grant: A Biography, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Parkman Prize; Frederick Douglass, which received the Lincoln Prize; Sapelo’s People: A Long Walk into Freedom; and Proximity to Death.

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