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Burnt Mountain

Winslow Homer American

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A hunter and his guide—perhaps the same subjects who appear in Bear Hunting, Prospect Rock, hanging nearby—pause for a moment of repose atop a granite ledge. Here, Homer isolates a section of the Adirondacks not far from his cabin at the North Woods Club, a private preserve near Minerva, New York. Known as Burnt Mountain, this particular slope gained its name from a forest fire that had raged in the area decades earlier. The skeletal roots of fallen trees appear silhouetted against an overcast sky. These dynamic compositional elements, coupled with the work’s title, belie the scene’s seeming tranquility, at once echoing and anticipating the turbulence of the rugged environment.

Burnt Mountain, Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine), Watercolor with graphite on wove paper, American

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