Discovering Art

Late Years of Thomas Eakins

He continued to paint portraits, like the "Agnew Clinic", pictures of the new, antiseptic hospitals. An inheritance freed him to paint uncommissioned paintings, usually portraits of his friends and family. He was skilled in depicting the inner psychology and emotions of his sitters, like "Amelia Van Buren". By the end of the 19th century, he returned to athletic subjects of boxers, interspersed with penetrating and realistic portraits of his wife.

Early Years of Winslow Homer

Moving from New England to England and then back to Maine in the early 1880's profoundly influenced Homer's art of this time. He painted people who made their living from the sea, and his art shows his love of the sea and its creatures. Dramatic watercolors and oils showed his striking compositions of nature and man within it.