Thursday, November 16, 2006

The Gross Clinic Composition

Originally uploaded by Charles Hankin.
The mastery of Eakins painting is founded in the space created by the composition of the figures. The tension is between the act of the surgery and the revulsion of the witness. The students are only minor players, lost in the shadows of the painting. Dr. Gross is talking to the viewer. He stands between fear and knowledge.


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