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Thomas Eakins


Eakins is said by some to be the greatest of all American artists, but he was largely unappreciated in his lifetime. He had a deep interest in science, medicine and how things work. He liked color and movement, but most of all he was interested in shadows – he used them to create space. He was influenced by the Spanish realists like Diego Velázquez and Jusepe de Ribera. He exploited the effects of light and dark to produce a feeling of drama.

Artist’s Quote: „The big artist keeps an eye on nature and steals her tools.”

Key artwork: The Gross Clinic, 1875

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