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The Swimming Hole (with Sketches and Studies)

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The Swimming Hole (also known as Swimming and The Old Swimming Hole) is an 1884–85 painting by the American artist Thomas Eakins (1844–1916), Goodrich catalog #190, in the collection of the Amon Carter Museum inFort Worth, Texas. Executed in oil on canvas, it depicts six men swimming naked in a lake, and is considered a masterpiece of American painting. According to art historian Doreen Bolger it is "perhaps Eakins' most accomplished rendition of the nude figure", and has been called "the most finely designed of all his outdoor pictures". Since theRenaissance, the human body has been considered both the basis of artists' training and the most challenging subject to depict in art, and the nude was the centerpiece of Eakins' teaching program at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. For Eakins, this picture was an opportunity to display his mastery of the human form.

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Eakins' students swimming naked in Dove Lake, c. 1883–84

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Eakins' students swimming naked in Dove Lake, c. 1883–84

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Eakins' students swimming naked in Dove Lake, c. 1883–84

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Eakins' students swimming naked in Dove Lake, c. 1883–84

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Landscape sketch, from two-sided sketch for Swimming, oil on paperboard, 4 × 5 3⁄4 in (10 × 15 cm), 1884

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Landscape sketch, for Swimming, oil on cardboard, 4 × 5 3⁄4 in (10 × 15 cm), 1884

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Sketch of figure, from two-sided sketch for Swimming, oil on paperboard, 5 3⁄4 × 4 in (15 × 10 cm), 1884

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Sketch of torso, from two-sided sketch for Swimming, oil on cardboard, 10½ × 14½ in (27 × 37 cm), 1884

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An Eakins photograph from 1883, discovered in 1973. "The scene with the three men on a platform may show the setting up of a pose—possibly for the reclining figure in The Swimming Hole."

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Eakins' preparatory sketch of his dog for The Swimming Hole. Sketch of Harry's head, from two sided sketch for Swimming, oil on cardboard, 10 1⁄2 × 14 1⁄2 in (27 × 37 cm), 1884

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Swimming Hole sketch, Eakins' final study for The Swimming Hole. Oil on fiberboard mounted on fiberboard, 8 3⁄4 × 10 3⁄4 in (22 × 27 cm), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC.

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