The Robin's Note
Because this engraving did not accompany a literary text or topical news, Homer was able to use a more personal style. His artistic freedom is most strongly felt in the structure of the composition, in which simple, geometric shapes invigorate the pictorial space in a strong pattern of lights and darks, and diagonal and vertical lines. A brief note of appreciation about the “charming summer picture, half picture and half poem” appeared inside the magazine.
Image: 8 7/8 x 9 1/4 in. (22.5 x 23.5 cm)
Sheet: 10 5/8 x 14 5/8 in. (27 x 37.1 cm)
Frame: 22 3/4 x 16 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (57.8 x 42.5 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower left: "HOMER"
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Gift of Harvey Isbitts
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Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). The Robin's Note, 1870. Wood engraving, Image: 8 7/8 x 9 1/4 in. (22.5 x 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Harvey Isbitts, 1998.105.155 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1998.105.155_bw.jpg)
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