Eakins Revealed: The Secret Life of an American Artist by Henry AdamsEakins Revealed: The Secret Life of an American Artist by Henry Adams

Eakins Revealed: The Secret Life of an American Artist

byHenry Adams

Hardcover | April 7, 2005

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Thomas Eakins is widely considered one of the great American painters, an artist whose uncompromising realism helped move American art from the Victorian era into the modern age. He is also acclaimed as a paragon of integrity, one who stood up for his artistic beliefs even when they broughthim personal and professional difficulty--as when he was fired from the Pennsylvania Academy of Art for removing a model's loincloth in a drawing class. Yet beneath the surface of Eakins's pictures is a sense of brooding unease and latent violence--a discomfort voiced by one of his sitters who said his portrait "decapitated" her. In Eakins Revealed, art historian Henry Adams examines the dark side of Eakins's life and work, in a startling newbiography that will change our understanding of this American icon. Based on close study of Eakins's work and new research in the Bregler papers, a major collection never fully mined by scholars, this volume shows Eakins was not merely uncompromising, but harsh and brutal both in his personal lifeand in his painting. Adams uncovers the bitter personal feuds and family tragedies surrounding Eakins--his mother died insane and his niece committed suicide amid allegations that Eakins had seduced her--and documents the artist's tendency toward psychological abuse and sexual harassment of thosearound him. This provocative book not only unveils new facts about Eakins's life; more important, it makes sense, for the first time, of the enigmas of his work. Eakins Revealed promises to be a controversial biography that will attract readers inside and outside the art world, and fascinate anyoneconcerned with the mystery of artistic genius.
Henry Adams is Chair of the Department of Art History at Case Western Reserve University. An award-winning art historian, he is the author of more than 200 publications on American art, including books, exhibition catalogues, and scholarly and popular articles. He collaborated with Ken Burns on a PBS documentary about the painter Thom...
Title:Eakins Revealed: The Secret Life of an American ArtistFormat:HardcoverDimensions:608 pages, 6.89 × 10.12 × 1.61 inPublished:April 7, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195156684

ISBN - 13:9780195156683


Editorial Reviews

"Adams has a fresh take that he works out with rigor and care. He links evidence for sexual trauma in Eakins's childhood to evidence of subsequent episodes of violence and sexual misconduct in a manner that is neither prurient nor moralizing. He displays a great affinity for, and astuteobservations of, the work itself, which includes some of the most strikng American paintings of the late 19th and 20th centuries."--Publishers Weekly