Sunlight and Shadow

Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910) – Sunlight and Shadow, c.1872 (Oil on canvas. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York) – Homer depicts an idyllic scene of tranquil bourgeois leisure in a pastoral setting. The young middle-to-upper class woman, indicated by her well-maintained white dress and refined shoes, reads peacefully in a hammock, floating amongst the light dappled trees with varied green leaves and black branches. Her face is softly defined and relaxed…



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