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Painting, Sunlight and Shadow

This is a Painting. It was created by Winslow Homer. It is dated 1872 and we acquired it in 1917. Its medium is brush and oil paint on canvas. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Dappled sunlight and lush foliage distinguish this iconic painting by Winslow Homer. Encapsulating new, bourgeois pursuits of relaxation, this well-dressed young woman reclines in a hammock with book in hand. As indicated by the title, Homer successfully blends impressionistic attention to light and shadow with keenly observed details of dress and manner to create a scene with both the ethos of a summer's day and a journalistic record of the activities of the new leisure class.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Bucolic Musings.

This object was donated by Charles Savage Homer, Jr.. It is credited Gift of Charles Savage Homer, Jr..

Its dimensions are

40.2 x 57.6 cm (15 13/16 x 22 11/16 in.)

It is signed

Signed with brush and red oil paint, lower right: HOMER; in graphite on stretcher, verso: [full signature]

Cite this object as

Painting, Sunlight and Shadow; Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910); USA; brush and oil paint on canvas; 40.2 x 57.6 cm (15 13/16 x 22 11/16 in.) ; Gift of Charles Savage Homer, Jr.; 1917-14-7

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions The Virtue in Vice and Frederic Church, Winslow Homer & Thomas Moran: Tourism and the American Landscape.

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