Oil on canvas
36 3/8 x 27 3/8 in.
signed and dated, c. on rock pier: EAKINS 1885
u.l. quadrant of backing board has attached the following labels:
1.-small round yellow, hand written: "Box 4"
2.-small white rectangular, hand written: "Rack 4 \ Side A"
3.-blue rectangular printed: "8193854101" written in section marked "receipt & item no."
4.-official white label from Fort Worth Art Museum with red logo, typewritten: Thomas Eakins, American (1844-1916) \ THE SWIMMING HOLE, 1883 \ 27 x 36 inches \ collection of The Fort Worth Art Museum
5.-white with green printing, within green lined square: MODERN ART MUSEUM OF FORT WORTH
typed: The Swimming Hole, 1883, by \ Thomas Eakins \ oil on canvas \ 27 x 36 in. , (framed 31 5/8 by 40 5/8 in.) Collection of the Modern Art Museum \ of Fort Worth, Purchase by the Friends of Art, Fort Worth \ f1925.3.P.P
6.-White with black graffiti in u.l.: Thomas Eakins: Artist of Philadelphia \ PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART \ Philadelphia Museum of Art: 5/29/82 - 8/4/82 \ Museum of Fine Arts Boston: 9/22/82 - 11/28/82 \ Artist Thomas Eakins \ Title The Swimming Hole \ Owner Fort Worth Art Museum \ No. EAK # 11.1 Cat. # 100 \ Attributution is that of the owner.
l.l., label with domino shape: THE NEW YORK CULTURAL CENTER \ 2 COLUMBUS CIRCLE, NEW YORK 10019 \ in association with Fairleigh Dickinson \ Artist Thomas Eakins \ Title Swimming hole, 1883 \ Lender The Fort Worth Art Museum \ Exhibition Three Centuries of the American Nude.
u.l., in graphite: V.36
u.r., in marker: 1925-3.PP.
c., in black in k on canvas, attached to crossbrace: Swimming Hole \ Thomas Eakins \ 1883 \ EAKINS
u.c., label: No. 37929 \ 18 [in graphite] PICTURE
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Purchased by the Friends of Art, Fort Worth Art Association, 1925; acquired by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 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
As head of one of the most prestigious American art schools, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Eakins made the study of the nude integral to his teaching. He was inspired by classical depictions of Arcadia, an area of unspoiled nature where men could bathe and frolic together. He was also interested in scientific analyses of bodies in motion. The arrangement of his swimmers in this work suggests the sequential movement of a single figure.
Because the subjects of this painting were identifiable as the artist and his students (Eakins is at the right swimming toward his dog, Harry), negative reactions to the work’s subject matter overshadowed his artistic intentions. Mounting charges of indecency related to his teaching practices eventually forced the artist to resign from his post at the academy.