Arts Everyday Living: Through the Eyes of Winslow Homer–Height of Autumn Fashion

Winslow Homer, Autumn, 1877, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Although American icon Winslow Homer (1836-1910) is often identified with his dramatic seascapes, he also was inspired by the interior of the country.  In Autumn, Homer takes us on a pathway in the woods, already transformed by multi-colors of the season.  However, who is the elegantly dressed woman holding the equivalent of a bouquet of leaves?  One of the fashionable female models central to his work in the 1870s when this painting was done.

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