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Farmyard Scene

Winslow Homer

American, 1836–1910

Farmyard Scene

c. 1872–74

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)
Object Number 1955.772
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1944
Status On View

Image Caption

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.