[George Reynolds: Seven Photographs]

Object Details

Title:

[George Reynolds: Seven Photographs]

Artist/Maker(s):

Thomas Eakins (American, 1844 - 1916)

Culture:

American

Date:

1883

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

8.1 x 18.9 cm (3 3/16 x 7 7/16 in.)

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This series of images of George Reynolds, Thomas Eakins's student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, comes from what Eakins called his "naked series," studies of the human form in successive shifts of weight and posture. Each subject was photographed in seven standing positions in the following sequence:

Profile, heels together, hips straight
Profile, right leg bent
Profile, left leg bent
Front, arms behind head or back, legs straight
Front, with legs bent
Rear, knees together, legs straight
Rear, left leg bent

The images were intended for use by drawing students in order to help them achieve greater accuracy in representing the human figure. Mounted together, they form a dynamic composition, with the frontal middle image creating a central axis from which the other poses seem to emanate.

Exhibitions
Arrows of Time: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (January 24 to April 2, 1995)
  • Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at UCLA, (Los Angeles), January 24 to April 2, 1995
Capturing Time: A Celebration of Photographs (December 1, 1997 to March 1, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 1, 1997 to March 1, 1998