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How Many Eggs?

Winslow Homer American

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This is among the most vibrant and compositionally daring of Homer’s Gloucester watercolors. It also reveals his early and enduring fascination with the conflict between humans and nature; here, youthful curiosity threatens the fragile eggs of a sand-swallow colony in the dunes. The sophisticated verticality of the image, with its precariously positioned, active subjects, distinguishes it from the artist’s more placid scenes of childhood produced during his formative summer of 1873.

How Many Eggs?, Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine), Watercolor on paper, American

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