The Artist in the Country
This amusing vignette documents Homer’s own activity as a plein-air painter. Although the artist is portrayed from behind, his porkpie hat and moustache clearly resemble Homer’s own. Intent upon his canvas of a “wilderness” subject, the painter sits on a campstool at a portable easel under a white umbrella. A knapsack in the right foreground is evidence of the overland trek required to reach such a remote site. Nevertheless, the popularity of the White Mountains wilderness as a tourist destination is also indicated by the presence of a well-dressed young lady who, like the reader, watches the artist at work.
Sheet: 6 1/4 x 6 9/16 in. (15.9 x 16.7 cm)
Frame: 20 x 15 x 1 1/2 in. (50.8 x 38.1 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Harvey Isbitts
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Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). The Artist in the Country, 1869. Wood engraving, Sheet: 6 1/4 x 6 9/16 in. (15.9 x 16.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Harvey Isbitts, 1998.160.13 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1998.160.13_bw.jpg)
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