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Winslow Homer: Crosscurrents

8 April 2022

Whether in the form of raging seas, hunting scenes or the American Civil War, struggle was a central themes of Winslow Homer’s long career. This exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (11 April –31 July) considers how conflict is presented in Homer’s paintings of both land and sea. Including 88 oils and watercolours, highlights include The Veteran in a New Field (1865) which depicts a lone farmer, revealed to be a Union veteran by the jacket discarded beside him. The Gulf Stream (1899), based on sketches Homer made during his trips to the Bahamas in 1884 and 1898, is at the heart of the exhibition; a scene of imminent disaster, it exemplifies the turbulence Homer identified in the United States at the turn of the 19th century. Find out more on the Metropolitan Museum of Art website.

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The Veteran in a New Field (1865), Winslow Homer. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Undertow (1886), Winslow Homer. Photo: Clark Art Institute

Nassau (1899), Winslow Homer. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Gulf Stream (1899), Winslow Homer. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Eagle Head, Manchester, Massachusetts (High Tide) (1870), Winslow Homer. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York