Capturing the Civil War: Winslow Homer and Eastman Johnson

September 19, 2012
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
Farnsworth Auditorium

This lecture will begin with the run-up to the war in the North, where many, including Homer and Johnson, believed the conflict would end in a quick and easy victory. This bright vision was soon dimmed by the reality of the bloody battles,stretching on as they did for many years. As an embedded young artist with Northern troops working for Harper’s Weekly, Homer saw action but focused primarily on camp life, depicting camaraderie, leisure time, boredom, and the social role of African-Americans. Johnson painted some of the most poignant scenes of the antebellum and war years, such as Kitchen at Mount Vernon (1857), Negro Life at the South (1859) and A Ride for Liberty—The Fugitive Slaves (c. 1862). Immediately after the war, the paintings by Homer and Johnson were laced with the sadness and the sense of loss that came from our national tragedy.
Lecture by Director of Education Roger Dell

Director of Education Roger Dell
Price: $12.00