My country in 1900 (…searching for my country…)

1885 — The Swimming Hole — Thomas Eakins
1900 — The Thinker — Thomas Eakins

Born in the 1840s in Philadelphia, Thomas Eakins was a realist portrait painter, and is now recognized as one of the most important American artists. He was a controversial figure during his lifetime. By the turn of the century, in his mid-50s, he had been forced to resign from his teaching position at the Philadelphia Academy because of he insisted on treating his male and female students equally and using nude male models in female classes and vice versa.

A man said to the universe, ‘Sir, I exist!’
 ‘However,’ replied the universe, ‘That fact has not created in me any sense of obligation.’

1900 — The Man — Stephen Crane

Stephen Crane was only 28 years old when he died in 1900, but he was already famous for his realist prose, including his civil war novel, The Red Badge of Courage. In 1886, at age 22, Stephen Crane interviewed a male sex worker and began a novel about male prostitution entitled, “Flowers of Asphalt”, which he later abandoned. The manuscript has never been recovered. Two years later, at age 24, Crane was arrested and prosecuted for solicitation at 2am in New York City after interviewing women at the Broadway Garden, a club known for prostitution. Partly as a result, Crane then left for Cuba and Greece to work as a war correspondent.

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