Thomas Cowperthwaite Eakins was an artist born in 1844 and died in 1916. He was known for his homoerotic works and a close personal relationship with the poet Walt Whitman.
Thomas’s career was known for a series of scandals involving male models that would serve as a reference in painting for female art students.
An example of Thomas’s adoration for the male body is that of “Swimming hole.” A work that is based on a series of photographs taken by the artist in Dove Lake, PA, USA. In fact this work was innovative because it was not common at this time the boys swim naked in the water, but dressed. Something revealing of a great intimacy between them. The poses of these young men are very erotic, and resemble the bodies of the statues of Greece or Ancient Rome.
Eakins can be said to be gay, just because he appreciates the male body in this way. No doubt Eakings has opened many doors to homoerotic and sequence photography.