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Thomas Eakins was the great realist artist from the East who was master of many art media, including, oil painting, watercolor, sculpture, and photography. He was also an educator at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, an art college. His innovations in teaching are used in art education throughout America today, although there was great resistance to them in his own time.
Eakins almost became a surgeon instead because he was fascinated by anatomy. He used this fascination in art though and got every part of the human body straining and moving as it should. His Dr. Gross painting sold for $77 million and was an utterly realistic portrayal of a first operation on a cancerous human femur. His sports' paintings, especially of boxers and oarsmen were equally authentic.
When it came time for someone to do the sculptures for Lincoln's and Grant's horses for New York City, he was the choice because he could make a horse look right due to his anatomical realism. Another sculptor did Lincoln and Grant to sit on the horses.
Eakins crowned all of his achievements by painting the most extraordinary portraits in oil. He was indifferent to making his subjects look better. He captured them exactly as they were, inside and out. He would not change a thing. There is no understanding of American Art and American art education without learning about this fascinating artist.