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The Artist in the Country

Winslow Homer

American Art

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.
MEDIUM Wood engraving
DATES 1869
DIMENSIONS 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)
COLLECTIONS American Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 1998.160.13
CREDIT LINE Gift of Harvey Isbitts
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION 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
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The Artist in the Country