Thomas Eakins / The Biglin Brothers Turning the Stake-Boat / 1873Thomas Eakins
The Biglin Brothers Turning the Stake-Boat

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Creator Name: Eakins, Thomas
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1844 - 1916
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Thomas Eakins
Title: The Biglin Brothers Turning the Stake-Boat
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1873
Creation End Date: 1873
Creation Date: 1873
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 101.3cm x 151.4cm
Inscriptions: signed lower left: EAKINS 73.
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1984.1927
Credit Line: Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection
Context: Rowing was a relatively new sport in the 1870s, and one for which Philadelphia quickly acquired a national reputation. In a series of rowing pictures, Eakins celebrated his fellow Philadelphians' athletic endeavors, creating civic icons that depict powerful bodies guided by decisive intellects. This painting commemorates the first American pair-oared scull race, held in Philadelphia on the Schuylkill River in 1872..While the distant pair of rowers with red bandannas have not yet reached their flag, theforeground pair, John and Barney Biglin, have already rounded theirs. John pushes his oar while Barney pulls to complete the turn, bringing their scull parallel to the shore (and the paintings edge) as they begin the home stretch. Picturing the drama ofthe moment, Eakins creates a complex balance between geometrical composition and forms in action.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1984.1927
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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