Thomas Eakins (1844-1916)

  • Thomas Eakins c.1882
  • Thomas Eakins, “The Clinic of Dr. Gross,” 1875

After study at the Pennsylvania Academy and then in Paris, Eakins returned to his native Philadelphia where he painted doctors in their surgeries and sportsmen in competition using new scientific tools to accurately represent the mechanics of vision. Fairman Rogers, engineer and friend of Eakins summarized his own theoretical frame when he described Eakins’s method: “… most artists work from the real to the ideal but Eakins works from the ideal to the real.” © George E. Thomas