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Eakins came back from Paris knowing what he wanted to do. You can see it in his first remarkable paintings, "Max Schmitt" and "Home Scene". There is such a sense of completeness about those paintings from the design to the execution. I think he had the introduction to drafting before he left for Paris. In Paris he was introduced to color and brushwork. When he comes back to Philadelphia it all comes together. AMY B. WERBEL, Ph.D.
Art Historian, St. Michael's College
And what's so clever about Eakins is that he was able to understand the categories of subject matter that Gérôme used, and find American instances of those subjects. Gérôme went to the Middle East and painted oarsmen on the Nile, Eakins went to Philadelphia and he painted an oarsman on the Schuylkill. Gérôme painted gladiators in the Roman Coliseum; Eakins painted boxers in the Philadelphia arena. So he could understand the categories of the picturesque of exotic subject matter that Gérôme used in Paris and come back to Philadelphia and find those same categories but using American examples and it stunned people in the United States because these subjects that Eakins was using were so unusual. KATHLEEN A. FOSTER, Ph.D.
Curator, Indiana University Art Museum
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