Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Portraiture—The Artist’s Wife, A Painter Herself

Thomas Eakins, The Artist’s Wife and Setter Dog, 1884-1889, oil, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

 

American artist Thomas Eakins (1844-1916), famed for his skill as a portraitist, depicted his wife Susan Hannah Macdowell (1851-1938), a painter herself: from the early years of their marriage (above) to middle age.

 

 

Thomas Eakins, Portrait of Susan Hannah Macdowell, 1899, oil, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.

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