Alan C. Braddock


On his book Thomas Eakins and the Cultures of Modernity

Cover Interview of June 16, 2009


Because Eakins is such a canonical figure in the history of American art, scholars have tended to treat him either hagiographically – as if he were a kind of saint.  Or, more recently, some have been preoccupied with revealing sensational hidden truths about Eakins’s psychology and sexuality.  My book avoids both hagiography and sensationalism by treating Eakins historically, specifically by inserting him into a number of previously overlooked material contexts, all of which illuminate his pre-modern understanding of “cultures.”

© 2009 Alan Braddock