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Artist: Winslow Homer
[American painter, 1836-1910]

Title: Hound and Hunter

Date: 1892
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 28 x 48 inches (72 x 122 cm)
Location: National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Image size: 1600 x 938 pixels, 365 Kbytes
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Thanks to the National Gallery of Art for providing this excellent scan of one of Winslow Homer's great paintings. This is one of more than fifty works on display at their just-opened exhibition celebrating this most masculine of painters.

In this painting, a boy has just shot and killed a deer and must figure out how to get it ashore before it sinks, without swamping his boat. His dog is nearby, but there seems to be no way for it to help bring in such a large animal.

Homer hits exactly the right notes here: the scene is full of drama, but there's no "story", no moral, no romanticizing of either the hunter or the deer. Just a keenly observed moment, brilliantly captured by a plainspoken artist.
 
 
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