Camp Fire

Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine)
Oil on canvas
23 3/4 x 38 1/8 in. (60.3 x 96.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Josephine Pomeroy Hendrick, in the name of Henry Keney Pomeroy, 1927
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 767
Homer first visited the Adirondacks, in upstate New York, in September 1870 and returned to the mountains frequently during the succeeding decades to hunt, fish, and gather ideas for paintings. This canvas originated in an 1880 trip to Keene Valley. Two fishermen, identified by their tackle basket and long-handled net, are lost in their thoughts or dozing by the campfire. They have constructed their shelter under a partly uprooted cedar, which provides both a symbol of ravaged nature and a striking compositional element. An artist friend of Homer’s remarked that “a woodsman could tell what kind of logs were burning by the sparks that rose in long curved lines.”
Signature: [at lower right]: Homer 80
Thomas B. Clarke, New York, 1880–1899; sale, American Art Galleries, New York, 16 Feb. 1899, no. 239; with Alexander Harrison, as agent, 1899; Henry K. Pomeroy, New York, 1899–1927