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June 2024
1min read

Today he is recognized as one of America’s greatest artists—perhaps our very greatest—but in his time Thomas Eakins was far better known for the series of sexual scandals that dogged him all his life. Jack Ram examines the painter’s turbulent career and discovers in it the keys to understanding his works.

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