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Bear Hunting, Prospect Rock
Winslow Homer American
Not on view
Bear Hunting, Prospect Rock reveals Homer’s abiding interest in the guides, trappers, and other woodsmen of the Adirondacks. These mountains, among the largest and wildest in the eastern United States, emerged as a popular destination after the Civil War. Between 1889 and 1910, the artist visited the region at least twenty times, often accompanied by his brother Charles, creating more than one hundred paintings. In this work, Homer focuses on two hunters who cautiously—perhaps expectantly—peer across a stretch of exposed rock. The armed man in front has his finger on the gun’s trigger, indicating his readiness to shoot in what is otherwise an uncertain encounter.