The Meadows, GloucesterMade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Thomas Eakins, American, 1844 - 1916
Oil on canvas
Currently not on view
1929-184-32Gift of Mrs. Thomas Eakins and Miss Mary Adeline Williams, 1929
LabelEakins closed the Gloucester series with a brief flirtation with the Barbizon- or Impressionist-inspired styles that were then popular in American exhibitions. The Meadows, Gloucester, the only finished pure landscape the artist would ever undertake, was based on a photograph of the marshy pastures east of the banks of the Delaware River. The loosely applied paint eliminated the minute detail that necessitated projections, and Eakins chose instead to enlarge the photographic image by the squaring-up method traditionally used to transfer drawings to canvas.