Riter Fitzgerald

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1895

Artist:

Thomas Eakins
American, 1844–1916

About this artwork

Riter Fitzgerald—the art, music, and literary critic for the Philadelphia Evening Item—championed Thomas Eakins’s work and publicly defended the artist when his teaching methods proved controversial. Eakins’s portrait of the journalist is informed by Fitzgerald’s open-minded opinions, his appreciation of diverse art forms, and his commitment to intellectual life. Comfortably seated in his book-lined library, Fitzgerald is portrayed as a genteel man who enjoys a leisurely, yet contemplative lifestyle. With an open book in his lap, he thoughtfully gazes into the distance, peacefully lost in the realm of ideas.

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American Art

Artist

Thomas Eakins

Title

Riter Fitzgerald

Origin

Philadelphia

Date

1895

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower left on base of bookcase: "EAKINS 95"

Dimensions

193.7 × 163.2 cm (76 1/4 × 64 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Friends of American Art Collection; Goodman Fund

Reference Number

1950.1511

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