Thomas Eakins (American, 18441916)
Platinum print; 14 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (36.8 x 26.7 cm)
David Hunter McAlpin Fund, 1943 (43.87.17)
Thomas Eakins employed photography as a way to imbue his paintings with increased naturalism. He used his students at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts as models and began to compile a photographic catalogue that would aid his studies of the human form. This image is a study of pose and gesture in which the stance of the models consciously echoes that of the figures in Eakins' sculpted relief Arcadia (1883) seen resting on a worktable.