Back of Draped Female Holding Vase
13 x 7 in. (33 x 17.8 cm)
Thomas School of Eakins,
Medium and Support:
Pencil, heightened with white
Label from American Originals: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection, La Salle University Art Museum, December 16, 2015 through March 4, 2016:
Eakins was arguably the greatest American Realist of his generation. He was important as an educator as well as a painter. Born in Philadelphia, he studied at PAFA and took anatomy courses at Jefferson Medical College in the 1860s, then traveled in Europe and studied with French Realist painters Jean-Léon Gérôme and Léon Bonnat. He was concerned with rendering anatomical precision in his art, and he stressed the importance of working from live models rather than sculptural casts. He returned to Philadelphia and began teaching at PAFA in 1876. He served as director of the school from 1882 to 1886, advancing the institution’s prestigious reputation and attracting talented students who emulated his figural drawing techniques, as exemplified in Back of Draped Female Holding Vase.