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Title :

Figuring the neurasthenic : Thomas Eakins, nervous illness, and gender in Victorian America

Author :
SPIES, Kathleen ;
Publication year :
1998
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Describes the nervous ailment known as neurasthenia in the 19th c., which was characterized by depression and exhaustion, and finds evidence of this in many of Eakins's portraits of women. Notes that the artist went so far as to introduce signs of neurasthenia into these portraits even in cases where the sitter was not known for her depressive nature. Contrasts the neurasthenic women Eakins painted with the similarly-portrayed men, and argues that in the case of male portraiture, the neurasthenic look was intended to convey a sense of the sitter's intelligence, sensitivity, and perhaps also of sexual ambiguities. ;
Pagination/Size :
8 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Eakins, Thomas, 1844-1916 ; Etats-Unis ; Femmes ; Maladie mentale ; Peinture ; Portrait ; Représentation ; Sexe (catégorie) ; 1800-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Eakins, Thomas, 1844-1916 ; Gender (sex) ; Mental illness ; Painting ; Portraits ; Representation ; United States ; Women ; 1800-2000 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Nineteenth-century studies (Charleston, S.C.), 1998, 12
INIST identifier :
24995659 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0893-7931 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Southeastern Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, Charleston, SC
Publisher country :
UNITED STATES ;