Winslow Homer in America

March 2 – June 9, 2013

Third Floor Galleries

  • Homer What Shall We Do Next
    published in Harper’s Bazar, 1869
    wood engraving on newsprint

    Homer chose to illustrate croquet, a popular game which was introduced to America in the 1860s.

  • The Dinner Horn
    published in Harper’s Weekly, 1870
    wood engraving on newsprint

    The Dinner Horn portrays a slender-figured woman at the kitchen door summoning the farm workers for the noonday meal.

  • A Shell in the Rebel Trenches
    published in Harper’s Weekly, 1863
    wood engraving on newsprint

    This illustration depicts an inflammatory image of slaves being used as human shields on the Confederate front lines.

  • Homer in America
    installation in the Third Floor Galleries through June 9, 2013.

  • Homer in America
    installation in the Third Floor Galleries through June 9, 2013.

  • Homer in America
    installation in the Third Floor Galleries through June 9, 2013.

Winslow Homer was an American landscape painter and printmaker. He is recognized as a dominant figure in nineteenth-century American realism. Homer’s early work focused upon bustling urban scenes, seasonal leisure time activities, life on the farm, and important people.

From 1860 – 1865 Homer became a field correspondent and he chronicled events leading up to and during the Civil War. His Civil War scenes are among the most powerful and authentic records of Union troop experiences produced. When the war ended, Homer turned his attention to scenes that were a reflection of both his own nationalistic concerns and the post-war nostalgia for America’s past. He explored a variety of subjects, including scenes of rural life, recreational activities, and themes of childhood.

All of Homer’s most popular illustrations are included in this exhibition of 125 wood engravings produced over a period of nearly three decades.

This exhibition is made possible by the generous funding of the Hardaway Endowment Fund and Consolidated Columbus Government and Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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