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Whistling for Plover

Thomas Eakins

American Art

The Philadelphia Realist painter Thomas Eakins executed exhibition watercolors during a brief period of his career. In this bird-hunting scene set in the marshes of southern New Jersey, he used dry, tightly controlled brushstrokes to model his central figure and more fluid washes for the landscape. While the subject matter and academic approach (including extensive preparatory studies) parallel his work in oil, the artist preferred watercolor for this sun-drenched picture because it allowed him to paint “in a much higher key with all the light possible.”
MEDIUM Transparent watercolor and small touches of opaque watercolor over graphite on cream, moderately thick, moderately textured wove paper.
DATES 1874
DIMENSIONS 11 5/16 x 16 11/16 in. (28.7 x 42.4 cm) Frame: 24 x 30 x 1 1/2 in. (61 x 76.2 x 3.8 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "Eakins 74"
CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Thomas Eakins (American, 1844–1916). Whistling for Plover, 1874. Transparent watercolor and small touches of opaque watercolor over graphite on cream, moderately thick, moderately textured wove paper., 11 5/16 x 16 11/16 in. (28.7 x 42.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 25.656 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 25.656_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 25.656_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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