Thomas Eakins, An Arcadian, 1883
Andrew Wyeth, Christina’s World, 1948
This is pretty amazing. Do you think Andrew Wyeth ever saw the older painting?
That might be a question for Suzanne Walker, art historian.
It’s likely that Wyeth did see the Eakins. Eakins was one of the great Philadelphia painters of the 19th century, so Wyeth, who came from southeastern PA, would have been familiar with Wyeth’s work. Crawling was (and still is) in a private collection. In Wyeth’s lifetime, it belonged to Lloyd Goodrich, a NY art historian who was pals with Reginald Marsh. The clincher for me is that Marsh, like Eakins, was a fan of tempera painting. Was Wyeth guilty of stealing from Eakins? Find out more about artists copying/appropriating/stealing other artists’ work at the next WTF: The Art of the Steal! (No, I am not above shameless self-promotion. So sue me.)
…That was Suzanne Walker, Art Historian. Catch her next WTF Art History Lecture Sunday Jan 28. Because awesome. https://seattleartistleague.com/art-classes/wtf-art-history-series-art-steal-winter/
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