Study of a Seated Nude Woman Wearing a Mask

Thomas Eakins1863-1866

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The harsh lighting and bare environment in this image tell us that this study probably was made in an evening life class at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts about 1863-66. One of the most famous American drawings of the nineteenth century, it demonstrates the artist's ability to suggest volume, weight, and particularity in bold strokes. In this period, models were offered masks to wear if they wished to remain anonymous.

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  • Title: Study of a Seated Nude Woman Wearing a Mask
  • Date Created: 1863-1866
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Physical Dimensions: w18.63 x h24.25 in (Sheet)
  • Artist/Maker: Thomas Eakins, American, 1844 - 1916
  • Provenance: Gift of Mrs. Thomas Eakins and Miss Mary Adeline Williams, 1929
  • Type: Drawings
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Charcoal and crayon with stumping on paper


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