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After the Hunt

Winslow Homer American

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Homer often painted watercolors in series, rendering different moments of the same activity. After the Hunt can be read in sequence with An October Day, hanging nearby. Both works show aspects of the controversial practice of hounding deer. This composition focuses on the hunter at center—depicted as a heroic figure in nature—after he has retrieved his prey from the water. As in many of Homer’s hunting watercolors, there is a tension between the beautiful scenery, rendered with dazzling technique, and the brutality of the subject. At first glance, rich autumnal tones and glowing pools of colors make it easy to overlook the deer carcass in the boat at left, its pale fur blending with the tones of the men’s attire.

After the Hunt, Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine), Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on wove paper, American

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