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Eakins, Thomas Max Schmitt in a Single Scull (1871)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

BORN in Philadelphia in 1844, Thomas Eakins is one of America’s few indisputably great painters. His friend Walt Whitman the subject of a splendid 1888 portrait by Eakins insisted that he was not so much a painter as a «force»: high praise from the cosmic bard. Today, many critics conclude that Eakins’s later portraits searingly frank yet also gentle, respectful, affirmative have earned him a place alongside such 19th-century masters of psychological realism as Courbet, Manet, and Degas. (Roger Kimball)

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