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Thomas Eakins

Thomas Eakins

A famed American painter and teacher, Eakins (1844–1916) is widely acknowledged to be one of the most important artists in American art history. Eakins chose to document and memorialize the familiar, portraying the people of his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He painted several hundred portraits of friends, family members, or prominent people in the arts, sciences, medicine, and clergy, and as a body of work his art portrays the intellectual class of the time. Eakins has been credited with having "introduced the camera to the American art studio,” encouraging students to use photography as an aid to understanding anatomy and the study of motion. By drawing exactingly from life, Eakins aimed to reveal the character of an individual through their figure’s movement and form.