The Contrarian

Perl, Jed
October 2001
New Republic;10/29/2001, Vol. 225 Issue 18, p29
Entertainment Review
Reviews the exhibition "Thomas Eakins: American Realist," which is showing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Discussion of the works of the artist Thomas Eakins; View that Eakins, whose dark, vehement temperament and tough-minded verisimilitude made him an unsettling figure in his time; Reference to the photographs that Eakins and his students took of one another; Statement that Eakins was a complicated and anomalous figure, a man whose attitude toward art was at once academic and avant-garde; Report that this exhibition opens with the paintings of oarsmen on the Schuylkill River, scenes that include the most tough- minded and even bloody-minded images that have ever been painted of shimmering water under brilliant sun.


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