Philadelphia Museum of Art:
In celebration of its 125th anniversary in 2001, the Museum presented Thomas Eakins: American Realist surveying, for the first time in nearly 20 years, the career of this enormously challenging, controversial, and influential artist. On view were over 60 major oil paintings, together with examples of Eakins's work in watercolor, drawing, sculpture, and photography, selected from the Museum's own collections and borrowed from public and private collections nationwide.
Thomas Eakins: American Realist opens at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris on February 5, 2002 and then at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on June 18, 2002.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest art museums in the United States, and showcases more than 2,000 years of exceptional human creativity in over 200 galleries installed with masterpieces of painting, sculpture, works on paper, decorative arts and architectural settings from Europe, Asia and the Americas. The striking neoclassical building stands on a nine-acre site above the Benjamin Franklin Parkway where it offers many activities-including programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films. The American collections include extensive holdings of Pennsylvania German art; refined furniture and silver by early Philadelphia craftsmen; and an important collection of works by Thomas Eakins.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts :
Thomas Eakins was first a student of the Academy, and then a faculty member. Eakins was appointed director of the School in 1882. The Academy's collection of works by Eakins contains almost 1,200 photographic objects as well as paintings, drawings, sculptures and letters. Many of these items are part of Charles Bregler's Thomas Eakins Collection, which was acquired by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1985.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is the first and oldest art school and museum in the United States. Its origin dates from 1791, when Charles Willson Peale initiated efforts to organize a school for the fine arts in Philadelphia. The Museum collects and exhibits the work of distinguished American artists. The School is renowned for its reputation in training artists from the United States and, increasingly, from around the world. Notable alumni include Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, Cecilia Beaux, Maxfield Parrish, Robert Henri, John Sloan, Charles Sheeler, John Marin, and David Lynch.