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Thomas Eakins

American Art

On View: American Identities: A New Look, Everyday Life/A Nation Divided, 5th Floor
Thomas Eakins painted several works with music-related themes during his career. In Home Scene, his older sister Margaret sits at the piano, and a young Caroline lies on the floor, studiously writing on a slate tablet. The prominent placement of the piano reflects the instrument’s importance in middle-class homes in the late nineteenth century, when piano lessons were pursued for cultural refinement and self-improvement. Eakins’s dark and somber composition conveys a sense of stillness and introspection rather than the narrative typical of genre painting.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES ca. 1871
DIMENSIONS 21 7/16 x 18 in. (54.4 x 45.7 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "Eakins"
CREDIT LINE Gift of George A. Hearn and Charles A. Schieren, by exchange, Frederick Loeser Fund and Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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CAPTION Thomas Eakins (American, 1844-1916). Home Scene, ca. 1871. Oil on canvas, 21 7/16 x 18 in. (54.4 x 45.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of George A. Hearn and Charles A. Schieren, by exchange, Frederick Loeser Fund and Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 50.115
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