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Back of Draped Female Holding Vase

c. 1900
20th Century
13 x 7 in. (33 x 17.8 cm)

Thomas School of Eakins, American

Object Type: DRAWINGS
Creation Place: North America
Medium and Support: Pencil, heightened with white
Accession Number: 85-D-313
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.

Current Location: In Storage

- 2015-2016 - Conserved with Support from the Stockman Family Foundation
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- 2009 - In need of conservation - Included in IMLS conservation survey
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- American Originals: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collectio
n, Curated by Dr. Klare Scarborough and La Salle University Associate Professor of Art History Dr. Catherine Holochwost, December 16, 2015 through March 4, 2016.


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