Two Girls in a Field
Created while the artist was visiting a friend’s country residence in upstate New York, these two drawings evince the immediacy of on-the-spot sketches. Winslow Homer described his rustic subjects with nimble and economical strokes of his pencil that capture the overall impression with minimal detail.
Rural children were a favorite subject for Homer and American audiences in this period. Their popularity was fueled by post–Civil War optimism, as well as nostalgia for pastoral life in the face of rampant industrialization and urbanization.
Graphite on cream, moderately thick, rough-textured wove paper
Sheet: 9 13/16 x 8 5/16 in. (24.9 x 21.1 cm) (show scale)
Signed and dated lower right in graphite: "W. H. '79"
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Frederick Loeser Fund
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Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). Two Girls in a Field, 1879. Graphite on cream, moderately thick, rough-textured wove paper, Sheet: 9 13/16 x 8 5/16 in. (24.9 x 21.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Frederick Loeser Fund, 28.211 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 28.211_PS6.jpg)
overall, 28.211_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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