Saturday, December 10, 2016

Eye Candy for Today: Winslow Homer’s At the Window

At the Window, Winslow Homer
At the Window, Winslow Homer

Link is to zoomable file on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Princeton University Art Museum, which has background on the painting on their website.

Almost like a 17th century Dutch portrait, this much more casual image of a young woman at a window — one of four related paintings of the same model — allows the subject to gradually emerge from darkness into gentle illumination from the window.

Homer’s painterly, seemingly casual brush marks define the elements in the painting with confidence and economy. There is something especially appealing to me about the simplicity of the plants on the windowsill and the suggestion of landscape beyond.

 
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2 thoughts on “Eye Candy for Today: Winslow Homer’s At the Window

  1. Martin Hoade

    This young lady in private thought is endlessly fascinating and there is something mysterious about the hazed green view through the window, as if underwater with only the shots of red to snap us out of that and back to girl, is that a gem in her hand? Thoughts about the one who gave it to her? This is a good one, thank you for introducing me to it.

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