Braithwaite Gallery to Feature Winslow Homer in America: 1857-1887

Published: October 18, 2010 | Read Time: 3 minutes

Winslow Homer’s remarkable collection of wood engravings is coming to Utah, providing a rare opportunity to view one of the most extensive collections of Winslow Homer’s engravings ever to travel.

The exhibition, Winslow Homer in America: 1857-1887, organized and circulated by Contemporary and Modern Print Exhibitions of Laguna Niguel, CA, will open on Thursday, October 28, at the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Southern Utah University. The exhibit will continue through Saturday, December 11, 2010. The gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Admission is free and the general public is encouraged to attend.

The 125 rare works were produced by Winslow Homer mostly in his youth between the ages of 20 and 50. His best-known illustrations including Snap-the-Whip, The Noon Recess, Gathering Berries and Waiting for a Bite are among the 125 wood engravings.

Homer’s themes and subjects changed over the years from depictions of park scenes, city life and the countryside prior to the outbreak of the Civil War to more rural scenes after 1866. Homer’s mood and sentiment changed after the War. Turning away from the problems of reconstructing the nation, Homer focused on more pleasurable pursuits and interests that included leisure-time activities. In the years that followed, Homer began to expand his focus beyond city life, making several visits to nearby areas to see what pastoral America was like. Some of his most accomplished works draw upon his exposure to rural life such as The Veteran in a New Field, 1867, Summer in the Country, 1869, and The Dinner Horn, 1870.

Perhaps the most striking feature of this exhibition is Homer’s images of America’s youth, which he produced in the mid-1870s. Some of the best examples include Snap-the-Whip, The Nooning, Sea-Side Sketches—A Clam-Bake, Gloucester Harbor and The Noon Recess, all made in 1873; as well as Gathering Berries, Waiting for a Bite, and See-Saw—Gloucester, Massachusetts, from 1874. Many of these engravings reveal hints of the painter to come in the late 19th and early 20th century while Impressionism was still flourishing in Europe.

Winslow Homer in America: 1857-1887 is made possible through funding raised entirely by the Friends of Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery including proceeds from their annual art auction.

Do not miss this opportunity to experience this remarkable collection of early works by Winslow Homer. Winslow Homer in America: 1857-1887 is a national touring exhibition.

Additional information about this exhibit is available online or by phone: (435) 586-5432.

The Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery’s mission is to exhibit, collect and preserve historic and contemporary works of art significant to the interior American West. In addition, the Gallery hosts art exhibitions that represent the principal artistic styles and periods of world cultures.

The Southern Utah University College of Performing and Visual Arts is comprised of nationally accredited departments of Art and Design, Music, Theatre Arts and Dance, as well as a graduate program in Arts Administration. The College offers 16 different degree areas, including liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees; professional Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and theatre degrees; and a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration degree. More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 550 majors in the College. Over 1100 students enroll each year in over 195 arts classes on the SUU campus. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year. The College’s affiliate organizations include the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, American Folk Ballet, Utah Shakespearean Festival, the performance group Acclamation, and the SUU Ballroom Dance Company.

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