On a recent trip to the Dallas Museum of Art I encountered the bizarre painting above by Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) of Miss Gertrude Murray, the sister of Eakins’ good friend and studio mate. It’s an odd little work that stands out in the sea of hyper-flattering, propagandistic portraits we usually see in museums. I want to know more about this woman—what is she thinking? Was she pleased with this portrayal? After my visit, I looked more into Eakins’ work and discovered a cache of striking portraits. Check them out! I’m amazing at how he can capture the psychology of a sitter simply by applying paint to a canvas.
|The Thinker: Portrait of Louis N. Kenton|
|Portrait of Susan MacDowell Eakins |