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Thomas Eakins: Scenes From Modern Life [VHS]

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Product Details

  • Directors: Glenn Holsten
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • VHS Release Date: November 1, 2001
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: 0966460588
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,252 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Narrated by Stage and Screen star Blythe Danner, this video features stills of Eakins' works as well as live reenactments of his paintings and photographs. It is punctuated by contemporary footage of the scenery displayed in his body of work. Tremendous insight into the work and character of this American original is derived by interviews with curators and conservators of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, as well as scholars from many universities who share their extensive study of Eakins with the audience.

WHYY Producer Glenn Holsten follows Eakins' travels with HDTV (High Definition TV) equipment to Paris, France; Seville, Spain; North Dakota; and throughout Philadelphia to explore and film the places where Eakins found inspiration. Fascinated by the rapidly changing world, especially in Philadelphia, Eakins recorded the morphing of the times in which he lived. HDTV equipment captures every nuanced brush stroke in Eakins' work that enhances this VHS video version.

This video release coincides with the first major retrospective to be devoted to the artist in 20 years. The exhibit "Thomas Eakins: American Realist," and the one-hour documentary survey the artist's full range of achievements in painting, photography, sculpture and drawing. The exhibit is presently at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with additional stops in 2002 at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I knew of Thomas Eakins' significance as a American artist of the late 19th Century, but that was all I knew. This incredibly sharp and clear (in more ways than visually) documentary gave me a lesson on this bold artist's philosophy that opened my eyes. With the story being told by Blythe Danner in the background, one is drawn into the struggles of Eakins to reach above and beyond in his art.
Because this was done with High Definition TV equipment, it seems all that more detailed on a standard TV in VHS. This production exceeded my expectations of what today is mostly background with a few snippets of the artist's work. The pans and zooms of the work is just what is needed to elaborate the fine detail of Eakin's pieces.
There is a fine segment showing how Eakins put together one of his works with his use of photographs. This new technology is state of the art in his time and the documentary shows off Eakins' brilliance and grasp of Photography and its promise. I highly reccommend this program.
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