This painting’s small scale, loose brushstrokes, and carefully observed interplay of sunlight and shadow suggest that it was composed and painted outdoors. Homer lived in New York City during the 1870s but traveled frequently to the countryside to paint, hike, and fish—a reflection of the growing nostalgia, in an increasingly industrialized country, for a simpler way of life.
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||12 3/8 x 18 7/16 in. (31.4 x 46.8 cm); Frame: 20 1/2 x 26 1/2 x 3 3/8 in. (52.1 x 67.3 x 8.6 cm)|
|Acquisition||Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1944|
Winslow Homer, Farmyard Scene, c. 1872–74, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.772.
Conrads, Margaret C. American Paintings and Sculpture at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1990.
The artist, d. 1910; Charles S. Homer, West Townsend, Mass., his brother, by descent (1910–d. 1917); Martha E. Homer, West Townsend, Mass., his wife, by descent (1917–d. 1937); Arthur P. and Charles L. Homer, by descent (from 1937); [Wildenstein & Co., New York, sold to Clark, 6 Oct. 1944]; Sterling and Francine Clark (1944–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.