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The Harper’s Weekly Illustrations: Winslow Homer’s Americana

January 30 – April 23, 2016

Rotunda Gallery

Winslow I
Winslow 2

Considered one of the foremost artists of 19th century America Art, Winslow Homer (1836-1910) began his artistic career as an illustrator.  In 1857 he began producing illustrations for Harper’s Weekly, a monthly magazine that highlighted literature, politics, culture, finance and the arts.  With dramatic contrasts between light and dark, clean lines and simplified forms he captured the American scene, characterized by his directness and objectivity to the subject.  Homer’s illustrations supplied a rich visual component to the news that also served as an intimate expression of his artistic vision, which would soon be replaced by photography and other forms of mass media.  These illustrations, drawn from the UW Art Museum’s collection, span Homer’s early career and provide an unparalleled glimpse into the 19th century American experience. 

  • Funded in part by UW Art Museum Gala Funds


Left: Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910), Snap the Whip (Harper’s Weekly, September 20, 1873), 1873, wood engraving, 20-3/4 x 13-1/2 inches, Friends of the UW Art Museum Purchase, 1974.22

Right: Winslow Homer (American, 183601910), Gathering Berries (Harper’s Weekly, July 11, 1874), 1874, wood engraving, 9-1/8 x 13-5/8 inches, Friends of the UW Art Museum Purchase, 1979.23

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