Comparative Analysis of Anatomical Photographs

Thomas Eakins, American, 1844 - 1916

Geography:
Made in United States, North and Central America

Date:
c. 1883

Medium:
Pen and black and red ink and graphite on thin tan wove paper (tracing paper?)

Dimensions:
Sheet: 3 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches (8.3 x 21.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1984-89-8

Credit Line:
Purchased with the SmithKline Corporation Funds, 1984

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Label:
These figure drawings are tracings from the photographs known as the "Naked Series," made by Eakins and his students at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in about 1883. Diverse figure types were photographed in a set of seven poses to illustrate the body's "general axis of weight and of action," which was drawn as a line through the spine of each figure. Eakins created this comparative analysis, evidently based on photos of himself, to accompany the "Naked Series;" its images and texts explain the principles of this controversial project and its value to artists.