In the Mountains
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The United States on the World Stage, 1865–1930
Winslow Homer was among the first artists to paint the “modern” American woman enjoying the physical liberation and social independence of outdoor leisure life. Here Homer depicts four unaccompanied lady hikers on a steep stone slope in the Adirondacks. This work demonstrates his interest in both dynamic asymmetrical compositions influenced by Japanese woodblock prints, which were becoming increasingly popular in the West, and the color effects of bright outdoor light.
Oil on canvas
23 7/8 x 38 1/8 in. (60.6 x 96.9 cm)
frame: 32 x 46 x 3 1/4 in. (81.3 x 116.8 x 8.3 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower left: "HOMER / 1877"
Dick S. Ramsay Fund
Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). In the Mountains, 1877. Oil on canvas, 23 7/8 x 38 1/8 in. (60.6 x 96.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 32.1648 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 32.1648_PS11.jpg)
overall, 32.1648_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
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What style is this painting? I love the accent of the red dress.
Winslow Homer is hard to categorize, only because his career was so long and his subject matter was so varied! He is sometimes considered an American Realist because he was concerned with depicting the world in accurate and truthful manner. He was also aware of recent developments in European art and in a painting like this one we can see that he was also well-versed in Japanese influences.