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Near Andersonville

Winslow Homer American

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In this quietly powerful painting, Homer explores the possibility of personal agency after the war. While the title refers to the site of a notorious Confederate prison in Georgia, the painting focuses on a Black woman emerging from a darkened interior, standing on a threshold and contemplating an uncertain future. In the distance at far left, Confederates carrying their battle flag march alongside captured Union soldiers. Homer’s only Civil War picture to feature a woman of color, Near Andersonville offers a critical foil to the images centering White male soldiers that define his early production. The theme of the effects of the military outcome on formerly enslaved people is further explored in the artist’s better-known Reconstruction-era paintings.

Near Andersonville, Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine), Oil on canvas, American

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