Art: In Love with the Specific Philadelphia celebrates its realist genius, Thomas Eakins

Philadelphia celebrates its realist genius, Thomas Eakins

A As from this week, through Aug. 1, anyone interested in realist painting must go to Philadelphia. American artists who call themselves realists should, if necessary, be dragged there by the collar; the experience waiting for them will be salutary and humbling. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is having a commemorative show of Thomas Eakins. It marks no particular date of his own. Eakins was born in 1844, and he died in 1916. But he passed his whole life, except for four years of European study,...

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