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Swimming, 1885

Thomas Eakins (American, 1844-1916)


Image © Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas; used with permission

Thomas Eakins (American, 1844-1916). Swimming, 1885. Oil on canvas. 27 3/8 x 36 3/8 in. (69.5 x 92.4 cm). (1990.19.1). Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas.

Image © Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

Purchased by the Friends of Art, Fort Worth Art Association, 1925; acquired by the Amon Carter Museum, 1990, from the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth through grants and donations from the Amon G. Carter Foundation, the Sid W. Richardson Foundation, the Anne Burnett and Charles Tandy Foundation, Capital Cities/ABC Foundation, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The R. D. and Joan Dale Hubbard Foundation and the people of Fort Worth.

Note: Swimming will only be shown at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It will not travel for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art showing of American Stories.

About the Show:

In over 100 works, American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765–1915 illustrates the constantly changing ways in which inhabitants of what would become the United States of America viewed themselves from the decade before the Revolutionary War to just before World War I. Along the way, it also tells the story of how the role of American artist shifted from humbly-paid craftsman to highly-valued professional. The exhibition is arranged chronologically into four themes: "Inventing American Stories, 1765-1830," "Stories for the Public, 1830-1860," "Stories of War and Reconciliation, 1860-1877" and "Cosmopolitan and Candid Stories, 1877-1915."

Scheduled Venues:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: October 12, 2009-January 24, 2010
Los Angeles County Museum of Art: February 28-May 23, 2010

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