White Mare

White Mare

c. 1868

Winslow Homer

(American, 1836-1910)

Oil on panel

Framed: 32.5 x 45 x 4.5 cm (12 13/16 x 17 11/16 x 1 3/4 in.); Unframed: 20 x 32.6 cm (7 7/8 x 12 13/16 in.)

Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1958.33

Description

In August 1868 Winslow Homer, then working as a free-lance illustrator, visited the White Mountains of New Hampshire. As early as the 1820s, American artists used the White Mountains as a setting for landscape paintings. Unlike Thomas Cole (1802-1848) and Asher Durand (1796-1886), who focused on the unspoiled wilderness, Homer turned his attention to other tourists. He made this oil sketch as a study for the horse in a large oil painting The Bridal Path, White Mountains (1868; Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts).

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