Thomas eakins the rowing pictures helen a cooper on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers thomas eakins extraordinary rowing pictures some of the most celebrated and recognized images in the history of american art appear together for the first time in this beautiful book fascinating information about the sport of rowing and its heroes. Overview in the late 1860s and 1870s rowing was a popular sport in america practiced by both men and women eakins himself was an avid rower and he painted the subject several times. The rowing pictures created in the early 1870s are in author helen coopers words at heart about the strivings of the human spirit the essays view this body of work in terms of eakinss biography the unusually precise linear perspective of the pictures photomicrograph studies and historical ideologies about manhood. During the 1870s rowing because a tremendously popular sport in the united states an enthusiastic rower the young philadelphia born thomas eakins painted sketched and drew an extraordinary series of rowing pictures that were the most ambitious project of his early career. A year later eakins would produce two paintings of that race the biglin brothers racing and the biglin brothers turning the stake in the first painting notice the nearness of the competitors scull emphasizing the closeness of the race the rowing pictures introduced thomas eakins to the artistic community
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