Barred from the Studio
Dotty Attie often appropriates historical works of art by male artists to demonstrate gender inequalities within the art world. Barred from the Studio is part of her late 1980s series Episodes from the Lives of the Masters. Here Attie adapts two famous works by the American painter Thomas Eakins, Max Schmitt in a Single Scull, 1871, and The Gross Clinic, 1875. Her text documents the uproar caused when Eakins, a professor at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, allowed female students to attend life classes with nude male models. She points out the hypocrisy of Victorian society, which took offense at not only the frank representation of a surgeon’s bloodied hands, but also the idea of women observing and understanding male anatomy.
Oil on canvas
Overall: 11 x 34 in. (27.9 x 86.4 cm)
5 Panels: 6 x 6 in.
1 Panel: 4 x 6 in.
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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Welt
© Dotty Attie
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Dotty Attie (American, born 1938). Barred from the Studio, 1987. Oil on canvas, Overall: 11 x 34 in. (27.9 x 86.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Welt, 88.165a-f. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 88.165a_slide_SL3.jpg)
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