Thomas Eakins, 1899 - Wrestlers - fine art print

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In Paris Eakins had been thoroughly trained in the academic system of preparing extensive studies before beginning a major painting. He practiced this approach all his life and taught it to his pupils. Before undertaking his paintings of the boxers and other athletes that he painted at the end of the 1890s, Eakins spent hours watching the men, studying their movements in light of his knowledge of anatomy. He posed two wrestlers in the Quaker City Athletic Club and in his studio, where in May 1899 several photographs were taken. The man on top is Joseph McCann, a wrestler and champion boxer. He is posed holding his opponent in a half nelson and crotch hold, potentially close to winning. Eakins copied the photograph of this pose almost directly onto a canvas, 1899 (Philadelphia Museum of Art), the purpose of which would have been to clarify the details of musculature that were unclear in the photograph. The next step in the preparatory process was the museum's small oil painting, which served as a compositional sketch. In it the artist worked out the placement of the figures in the composition of the finished canvas Wrestlers, 1899, also owned by the LACMA. Eakins made some slight changes in the positions of the wrestlers, especially in the right leg of the lower man and in the head and shoulders of the upper man. Eakins's main interest was in placing them in relation to the figures he was now introducing, the lower body of an observer or referee on the right and a man at a rowing machine in the upper left. The short white line at the referee's foot represents the rope that marked off the boundaries of the wrestling arena. The men were nude in the photograph and initial figure study but wear trunks in the large finished version. The black area in the museum's sketch that looks as though it might represent trunks probably is only an indication of an area of shadow. Athletes in the period wore light-colored trunks that were cut very high over the hips as seen in the finished painting. Achieving the proper balance within the composition was especially important to Eakins at this point in his career, because of his increased awareness of surface design and internal structure. Like most artists at the turn of the century Eakins introduced into his paintings devices that had the effect of compromising the illusion of depth while creating a more even, overall, decorative pattern; in this example he did so by the placement of the rower in the extreme upper left corner and by cropping the standing man with the top edge of the painting, which pulls what is normally the part farthest away into the same plane as that of the foreground figures of the wrestlers. William Preston Harrison bought the oil sketch upon the advice of CHILDE HASSAM, when it was exhibited in Los Angeles.


The artwork "Wrestlers" was made by the male painter Thomas Eakins in the year 1899. The original creation measures the size: 16 1/16 x 20 1/16 in (40,8 x 50,96 cm). Oil on canvas was applied by the painter as the technique for the painting. Today, the artwork is included in the digital art collection of Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This modern art public domain artwork is included with courtesy of Los Angeles County Museum of Art ( addition to that, the artpiece has the following creditline: . In addition to this, the alignment of the digital reproduction is in landscape format and has a ratio of 1.2 : 1, which means that the length is 20% longer than the width. Thomas Eakins was a photographer, painter, sculptor, art educator, whose style can primarily be attributed to Realism. The North American artist lived for 72 years and was born in 1844 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania, United States and died in the year 1916.

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Structured artist data

Artist: Thomas Eakins
Alias names: C.D. Cook, Eakins Thomas Cowperthwaite, Cook C.D., Eakins Thomas Cowperthwait, Eakins Thomas, Thomas Eakins, Eakins
Gender of the artist: male
Nationality of artist: American
Professions: art educator, photographer, sculptor, painter
Home country: United States
Classification: modern artist
Styles: Realism
Lifespan: 72 years
Year born: 1844
Town of birth: Philadelphia, Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania, United States
Died in the year: 1916
Place of death: Philadelphia, Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania, United States

Piece of art background information

Title of the work of art: "Wrestlers"
Classification: painting
General category: modern art
Time: 19th century
Created in: 1899
Age of artwork: over 120 years old
Artwork original medium: oil on canvas
Original dimensions: 16 1/16 x 20 1/16 in (40,8 x 50,96 cm)
Museum: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Museum location: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Web page:
Artwork license type: public domain
Courtesy of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (

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Product classification: art print
Method of reproduction: digital reproduction
Production process: UV direct print
Production: manufactured in Germany
Stock type: production on demand
Proposed product use: wall gallery, home décor
Alignment of the artwork: landscape format
Image ratio: 1.2 : 1 (length : width)
Implication: the length is 20% longer than the width
Product material options: poster print (canvas paper), metal print (aluminium dibond), canvas print, acrylic glass print (with real glass coating)
Canvas on stretcher frame (canvas print) variants: 60x50cm - 24x20", 120x100cm - 47x39"
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