Painting, Sunlight and Shadow, 1873
This is a painting. It was created by Winslow Homer. It is dated 1873 and we acquired it in 1917. Its medium is brush and oil on canvas. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
Dappled sunlight and lush foliage distinguish this iconic painting by Winslow Homer. Encapsulating new, bourgeois pursuits of relaxation, this well-dressed young woman reclines in a hammock with book in hand. As indicated by the title, Homer successfully blends impressionistic attention to light and shadow with keenly observed details of dress and manner to create a scene with both the ethos of a summer's day and a journalistic record of the activities of the new leisure class.
This object was
Charles Savage Homer, Jr..
It is credited
Gift of Charles Savage Homer, Jr..
Its dimensions are
40.2 x 57.6 cm (15 13/16 x 22 11/16 in.)
It is signed
Signed with brush and red oil paint, lower right: HOMER; in graphite on stretcher, verso: [full signature]
Cite this object as
Painting, Sunlight and Shadow, 1873; Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910); USA; brush and oil on canvas; 40.2 x 57.6 cm (15 13/16 x 22 11/16 in.); Gift of Charles Savage Homer, Jr.; 1917-14-7
In addition to The Virtue in Vice, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition Frederic Church, Winslow Homer & Thomas Moran: Tourism and the American Landscape.