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Cape Trinity, Saguenay River, Moonlight

Winslow Homer American

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Among the most allusive and foreboding of Homer’s late paintings, this moonlit scene was completed a few years before his death. Its brooding, starkly monochromatic composition reveals a symbolist approach to an actual landscape: a dramatic outcropping of rocks in three plateaus (cap Trinité) on the Saguenay River, north of Quebec City. One critic remarked on the picture’s “remote and even fantastic effect . . . whether intended or not." Inspired by memories of Canadian fishing trips Homer had been taking with his brother Charles since 1893, the somber subject, visualized as a near-abstraction, carries striking psychological weight as an end-of-life expression.

Cape Trinity, Saguenay River, Moonlight, Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine), Oil on canvas, American

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