Winslow Homer: Eyewitness at Harvard Art Museums

Cambridge, MA | 31 August 2019–5 January 2020

C onsidered one of the leading American painters of the 19 Century, Winslow Homer began as a commercial illustrator and as an artist-correspondent during the American Civil War. Documenting soldiers both in battle and back at camp, his sketches, drafted in the field, were reproduced to illustrate the reports of the conflict in the periodical, Harper’s Weekly.

Winslow Homer, Canoe in Rapids, 1897. Watercolor and graphite on off- white wove paper. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Louise E. Bettens Fund, 1924.30. Photograph by Harvard Art Museums. © President and Fellows of Harvard College.

The exhibition aims to show how this experience helped shape his later career as a painter, and also to interrogate the moral responsibilities of artists working in war.

After Winslow Homer, engraved by unidentified artist, Our Watering Places—The Empty Sleeve at Newport, 1865. From Harper’s Weekly, August 26, 1865. Wood engraving and letterpress on off-white wove paper. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of W. G. Russell Allen, M9323. Photograph by Harvard Art Museums. © President and Fellows of Harvard College.

Winslow Homer: Eyewitness opens at the University Research Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Massachusetts, on 31 August.

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