Things We Love: Thomas Eakins

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We’re not sure if you’ve heard, but today’s Valentine’s Day. Yeah, we know, it can be a bit depressing for the lonely hearted, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate your platonic love for things.

So, throughout the day we’ll be sharing some of our non-romantic loves. For example, American painter Thomas Eakins. Born in Philadelphia in 1844, Eakins went on to become one of our nation’s most revered realists, concocting scenes so vivid one can almost imagine diving on in, as seen above in “The Swimming Hole”.

While it’s hard to pin down whether or not Eakins got down with the guys, his artistic eye certainly lent itself to the homo fantasy. Come on, how many straight guys do you know who paint a group of naked lads frolicking by a lake? For reals…