Our National Winter Exercise--Skating
Homer’s artistic growth is signaled here by his interest in the figure as a major design element. The physical grace and control required for skating are conveyed in the massing of the three prominent figures, which create a strong diagonal that bisects the composition. Their forms parallel each other, governing and unifying the overall compositional rhythm. Such visual harmonies lend a stylish flair to the engraving, in which the eye is drawn from the dainty pointed feet of the two main skaters to the fluttering tips of their ribbons and veiling. These elegant women contrast vividly with the fallen skater on the right, with hoop skirt upturned and legs to the sky. Implicit in the scene are the opportunities for romance, which were noted in the magazine.
Image: 13 7/8 x 20 1/4 in. (35.2 x 51.4 cm)
Sheet: 15 3/4 x 22 in. (40 x 55.9 cm)
Frame: 22 3/4 x 28 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (57.8 x 73 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
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Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). Our National Winter Exercise--Skating, 1866. Wood engraving, Image: 13 7/8 x 20 1/4 in. (35.2 x 51.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Harvey Isbitts, 1998.105.96 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1998.105.96_bw.jpg)
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Page from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, January 13, 1866. vol. XXI, pp. 264-265
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