Thomas Eakins / Riter Fitzgerald / 1895Thomas Eakins
Riter Fitzgerald

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Creator Name: Eakins, Thomas
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: American; 1844-1916 North and Central America,North America,United Sta
Creator Active Place: North and Central America,North America,United Sta
Creator Name-CRT: Thomas Eakins
Title: Riter Fitzgerald
Title Type: preferred
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1895
Creation End Date: 1895
Creation Date: 1895
Creation Place: North and Central America,North America,United States,Pennsylvania,Philadelphia
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: unframed:76 1/4 x 64 1/4 in. (193.7 x 163.2 cm)framed: 87 1/4 x 75 1/2 in. (221.6 x 191.8 cm)
Inscriptions: Signed, lower left on base of bookcase: "EAKINS 95"
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1950.1511
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, Friends of American Art Collection; the Goodman Fund
Context: Riter Fitzgerald was the art, music, and literary critic for The Evening Item-a prominent Philadelphia newspaper-who championed Eakins's work and publicly defended his controversial teaching methods. The portrait of the journalist is informed by Fitzgerald's open-minded opinions, appreciation of diverse art forms, and commitment to intellectual life. Comfortably seated in his book-lined library, Riter Fitzgerald is portrayed as a genteel figure enjoying a leisurely, yet contemplative, lifestyle. With an open book in his lap, Fitzgerald thoughtfully gazes into the distance, peacefully lost in the realm of ideas.
AMICA ID: AIC_.1950.1511
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1999

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