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Barred from the Studio

Dotty Attie

Contemporary Art

On View: American Identities: A New Look, Making Art: Centennial Era, 5th Floor

Since the 1970s Dotty Attie has created works with feminist content. Frequently she has chosen historical works of art to demonstrate the inequality within the art world itself. Barred from the Studio is a part of a series from the late 1980s called Episodes from the Lives of the Masters. Here Attie quotes two famous works by the American painter Thomas Eakins—Max Schmitt in a Single Scull and The Gross Clinic. 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 the idea of women observing and understanding male anatomy.

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1987
DIMENSIONS Overall: 11 x 34 in. (27.9 x 86.4 cm) 5 Panels: 6 x 6 in. 1 Panel: 4 x 6 in.  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Welt
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CAPTION 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. © Dotty Attie
IMAGE overall, 88.165a_slide_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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