Episode #48: Shock Art: Eakins' The Gross Clinic (Season 5, Episode 2)
Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor quality, or just bad when they were first made. With the passage of time comes a calm and an acceptance. But that doesn’t change the fact that there are many works peppered throughout art history that were straight-up shocking to the public when they were first presented decades, or even hundreds of years ago.
Today's work of "shock art:" Eakins’ The Gross Clinic.
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"The First Day of Spring" by David Hilowitz is licensed under BY-NC 4.0; "Mystery Forest (ID 1143)" by Lobo Loco is licensed under BY-NC-ND 4.0; "Phase 5" by Xylo-Ziko is licensed under BY-NC-SA 4.0; "Murmuration (Pon IX)" by Kai Engel is licensed under BY-NC 4.0. Ad Music:
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Links and further resources
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Thomas Eakins
Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Gross Clinic