Melancholy, gender, and genius in the art of Thomas Eakins

  title={Melancholy, gender, and genius in the art of Thomas Eakins},
  author={Debra Hanson},
  journal={History of European Ideas},
  pages={974 - 986}
  • D. Hanson
  • Published 11 January 2021
  • Art
  • History of European Ideas
ABSTRACT This essay analyses the visual representation of melancholy and related themes in the work of American artist Thomas Eakins (1844–1916). Its particular focus is Home Scene (1870–1871), an intimate portrait of two of the artist’s sisters in the parlour of their family home in Philadelphia. Through a close examination of Home Scene in relation to later portraits by and of the artist, my analysis sheds new light on how and why Eakins reshaped ideations of melancholy based in European art… 


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