GLENS FALLS, NY.- The Hyde Collection
offers visitors an unprecedented opportunity to see the remarkable Portrait of Walt Whitman (1887-1888) by Thomas Eakins (1844-1914).
The Whitman portrait is considered one of Eakinss finest paintings, and only rarely leaves Philadelphia, where it is a featured work in the collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA). This evocative image of one of Americas most influential poets, by one of the nations greatest artists, will be in Glens Falls for six months, as a second exchange for the year-long loan of The Hyde Collections Portrait of Henry Ossawa Tanner (ca. 1897) by Eakins.
Tanner was one of Thomas Eakinss students at the Pennsylvania Academy and the portrait has been lent to PAFA for their exhibition Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit. This is a major retrospective celebrating Tanners position in American art as a pioneering African-American, as well as establishing him as one of our most significant expatriate artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The Portrait of Walt Whitman is being exhibited in Hyde House where visitors can also see In the Studio (1884), another work by Eakins in the Museums collection.
Before returning to The Hyde, the Tanner portrait will have been exhibited in three national venues: PAFA, January 28 April 15, 2012; Cincinnati Art Museum, May 26 September 9, 2012; and then traveling to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, October 21 January 13, 2013.