Beauty & Sport
This painting by Winslow Homer is “IT” for me.
It captures the absolute fall down spectacular beauty of the season (scene from his time in the Adirondacks) with the reality of the world. This scene includes the deer swimming and the hunter in his boat. A deer in the water is a slower, more vulnerable (as in “shotable”) animal and, apparently, Turner knew that hunters consciously try to move them into the water.
I think Homer’s depiction of this fantastic beauty along with brutal reality of that which is a “sport” ( and which he enjoyed with his brother year after year) is no accident.
Apparently, his time doing illustrations in The Civil War altered his painting themes toward deeper and more realistic depictions of beautiful landscapes.
For me, this painting places beauty on the same battlefield as brutality.
I think the man is a genius, what can I say? I’ll shut up and let him speak for himself.
©Pat Coakley 2008
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