Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Art Review - "Apple Picking" by Winslow Homer

This week's #MuseumTourTuesday features my favorite painting by American artist Winslow Homer. I was able to view this piece at the Terra Museum of American Art in Chicago, before its closure in 2004. The piece remains a part of the Terra Foundation for American Art's collection, but is currently part of a long-term loan to the Art Institute of Chicago. I do not know if the piece is currently on display.

I learned a lot about greens from this piece. Variety is the key. In every area of the painting, there is a beautiful collection of greens from warm to cool, dark to light, and bright to muted. Even more interesting is that what our brain often perceives as green is not actually green at all. Notice that many of the brightest leaves and grasses are often painted with yellows, or even powder blues in the foreground shadows. Context is everything.
 
"Apple Picking" • Winslow Homer • Watercolor • 7" × 8.3" • 1878
 
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