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Mrs. Mary Arthur  1900

by Thomas Eakins

This bust-length portrait depicts the seventy-six-year-old mother of Eakins’s artist-friend Robert Arthur. As a representation of an elderly model absorbed in an old-fashioned task, the work recalls Eakins’s The Writing Master, a portrait of his father, hanging nearby. Here, as in the earlier painting, the artist used strong contrasts of light and dark to define forms and ...
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art