Decorator: Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910)
Glazed earthenware, overglaze enamel decoration; Overall 36 x 49 ¼ in. (91.4 x 125.1 cm)
Bequest of Arthur G. Altschul, 2002 (2003.140)
Winslow Homer is acknowledged as one of America’s most important late nineteenth century artists. His oeuvre encompasses oil paintings, watercolors and prints. A testament to Homer’s extraordinary versatility and talent, this fireplace surround depicting a “Shepherd and Shepherdess” is a rare example of his painting on ceramic. The work was executed during Homer’s participation in the Tile Club of New York, of which he was a founding member in 1877. This influential group of fine artists met regularly to exchange ideas about art while painting ceramic tiles.