Landscape Sketch for Swimming

Eakins landscape sketch for The Swimming HoleThomas Cowperthwait Eakins (July 25, 1844 – June 25, 1916)

Thomas Eakins was a man of great character. He was a man of iron will and his will to paint and to carry out his life as he thought it should go. This he did. It cost him heavily but in his works we have the precious result of his independence, his generous heart and his big mind. Eakins was a deep student of life, and with a great love he studied humanity frankly. He was not afraid of what his study revealed to him.
In the matter of ways and means of expression, the science of technique, he studied most profoundly, as only a great master would have the will to study. His vision was not touched by fashion. He struggled to apprehend the constructive force in nature and to employ in his works the principles found. His quality was honesty. “Integrity” is the word which seems best to fit him.

Robert Henri, October 29, 1917

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  1. Poetic and modern almost approaching a Helen Frankenthaler color field painting.

    • I know–everyone talks about schools, trends, revolutions; all I see is a continuum.

      • It certainly is a continuum, somewhere an essence of this is probably on the wall if a cave.

      • Exactly!


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