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Corn Husking at Nantucket

Artist:
Eastman Johnson (American, Lovell, Maine 1824–1906 New York)
Date:
ca. 1875
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
27 5/8 x 54 1/2 in. (70.2 x 138.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.68
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 763
This picture was probably Johnson’s final study for a large painting of 1876, now in the Art Institute of Chicago. As urbanization and industrialization increased in the late nineteenth century, both European and American painters celebrated preindustrial labor, often featuring indigenous crops in historically resonant regions. Johnson, for example, painted several series of works highlighting maple sugaring, cranberry picking, and corn husking in New England. Especially evident in this canvas is the residue of Johnson’s studies in France with Thomas Couture, who valued the freshness of the sketch, even in completed canvases.
Signature: [at lower right]: E. Johnson
the artist (1875–d. 1906); estate of the artist (1906–7; sale, American Art Galleries, New York, February 27, 1907, no. 146)
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