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Homer - "The Country School" poster


Winslow Homer was one of America's most prominent realist painters. His attention to detail and his sincere interest in subjects from everyday life stem from his early experiences as a magazine illustrator. The Country School epitomizes the themes that most interested Homer throughout the 1870s: rural life, childhood, and the disappearing one-room schoolhouse. Homer had observed the simple, unadorned interior of this rural New England schoolroom the year before he painted it.

The picture is filled with an array of details including students in various states of attentiveness, fresh flowers on the teacher's desk and wilted ones on the floorboards, lunch pails in the far corner, the teacher's hat hanging from a nail above the chalkboard, and the warm glow of sunlight shining through the windows. Within the carefully organized composition, the teacher commands the room from her desk. Students of all ages line the room in a horizontal band, with girls on one side of the room and boys on the other, except for the crying boy sitting alongside the girls.

paper: 21 x 28 inches; image: 12 1/4 x 22 1/4 inches


Item # 006313
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