Spring Farm Work--Grafting
A solitary country youth is framed high in the still-bare branches of a fruit tree in spring, intent on inserting shoots, or grafts, into slits in the branches that he has pruned. Grafting, a method of improving the stock of fruit trees, here embodies the human control over nature of good husbandry. Below, we see a farmyard with neatly stacked hay mounds and tidy outbuildings, reinforcing the sense of a well-regulated precinct of agricultural industry. Accurate but idealized images of land under cultivation like this one operated as metaphors for social harmony and good governance, and were often set up as contrasts to and critiques of modern life in the city.
Image: 7 x 9 1/8 in. (17.8 x 23.2 cm)
Sheet: 16 1/8 x 11 in. (41 x 27.9 cm)
Frame: 28 3/4 x 22 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (73 x 57.8 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
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Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). Spring Farm Work--Grafting, 1870. Wood engraving, Image: 7 x 9 1/8 in. (17.8 x 23.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Harvey Isbitts, 1998.105.148
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