Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine)
Oil on canvas
10 x 24 in. (25.4 x 61 cm)
George A. Hearn Fund, 1909
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
"Harvest Scene" seems a counterpart to Barbizon School paintings, which Homer might have seen in Boston and during his trip to Paris in 1866–67. His preoccupation with an idyllic agrarian subject, interest in outdoor light and direct observation of nature, and technique recall those of painters such as Jean-François Millet, who gathered in the village at the edge of the Fontainebleau forest beginning in the 1830s. Calligraphic tree trunks and spreading branches form an irregular gridlike pattern against the sky. Characteristic of Homer’s work is his use of direct, overhead light to define the middle ground. Small figures harvesting hay are merely suggested with quick dabs of paint.
Artist: Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine)Date: 1873Medium: Watercolor washes and gouache over graphite underdrawing on medium rough textured white wove paperAccession: 2001.608.1On view in:Not on view