Thomas Eakins produced a number of large paintings which brought the portrait out of the drawing room and into the offices, streets, parks, rivers, arenas, and surgical amphitheaters of his city. He remained committed to recording realistic scenes from contemporary American life.
No less important in Eakins’ life was his work as a teacher. As an instructor Eakins was a highly influential presence in American art. He taught hundreds of students his approach to a realistic painting style and those student are artistic heirs to Eakins philosophy.
Many of Eakins‘ works were done of people and places in and around Philadelphia. The Biglin Brothers were superstar rowers of their time and they were a big attraction as they were rowing there. We studied Eakins’ painting shown below.