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An Adirondack Lake
Winslow Homer American
Not on view
In Homer’s sun-drenched landscape, the solitary man is a local woodsman-hunter-guide, a figure linked with nature. The artist made his first of more than twenty visits to the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York in 1870. The same year, Reverend William H. Murray published a best-selling guidebook to the region, extolling the virtues of the vast and unspoiled landscape—some six million acres of mountains, forests, and lakes—that was already becoming popular with people seeking leisure. Following in the footsteps of prior generations of American landscape painters including Frederic Church, John Kensett, and others, Homer was attracted to the region as a subject for his art, but he also was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting, often with his older brother, Charles.