ARTH 553 Fall 2012 Thomas Eakins

In this seminar we will consider the life and art of Thomas Eakins (1844-1916). With the most rigorous academic training available, employment at the strongest art schools in the country, and an adherence to the traditional genres of portraiture and subject painting, Eakins yet managed to lead one of the most thwarted of professional careers. He wrote with justice in 1894: "My honors are misunderstanding, persecution and neglect, enhanced because unsought." The critical tide turned after his death, although much recent scholarship has sought to complicate that mid-20th-century tale. Consideration of his career will encourage us to think about questions of biography, regionalism, portraiture, and the relationship of painting to photography.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: students' responsibilities will include class discussion, weekly summaries of readings, two short papers, an oral presentation (and response to someone else's), and a final research paper (20-25 pages); a field trip to Philadelphia and New York is likely
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Enrollment Preference: graduate program students and then to senior Art History majors
Department Notes: satisfies the seminar requirement for the undergraduate Art History major
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 14
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Class Number: 1844
ARTH553-01(F) SEM Thomas Eakins Division 1: Languages and the Arts Marc A. Simpson
F 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Clark Art Seminar Room 1844
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