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Thomas Eakins and the Swimming Picture Paperback – February 1, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0883600856 ISBN-10: 0883600854 Edition: 1st wraps

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Amon Carter Museum; 1st wraps edition (February 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883600854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883600856
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,071,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the chief reasons that Thomas Eakins' Swimming compels admiration is its overwhelming quiet - a stillness not of lassitude or ease but of taut balance sustained on many levels." "...on the surface the scene in Swimming pays clear homage to the natural life, featuring six men, swimming, sunning, naked, and at ease with themselves. The only overt signs of domestication in the benign landscape they inhabit is the stone platform - too orderly to be natural but having no obvious present use to justify the effort of its construction - and the dog. No bathing houses or other reminders of a resort establishment, no pile of discarded shoes or stiff collars intrudes to suggest another existence, of labor or a wider society, to which they must ultimately return. They are released, it seems, from late-nineteenth-century urban protocols."

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