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George Reynolds: Seven Photographs
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Thomas Eakins
American, Pennsylvania, 1883
Albumen print
3 3/16 x 7 7/16 in.
84.XM.254.23

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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.