Winslow Homer (American, 1836 - 1910)

1864. Oil on canvas, 16 x 11". 1942.083

Winslow Homer, one of America’s foremost Realist painters in the nineteenth century, is still one of America’s best- known artists. He took up oil painting during the Civil War, after working as a freelance illustrator for magazines, including Harper’s Weekly. Haymaking is a remarkable example of his ability to capture the crispness and clarity of light. After the years of national crisis, this prosperous and hale young farmer was a welcome personification of America’s abiding faith in peace and plenty, a figure who reassured viewers about the future health and productivity of the nation.

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