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Prisoners from the front

Painting, 1866, 61×96.5 cm

Description of the artwork «Prisoners from the front»

To write war stories oil Homer begins only after the battles of the Civil war is already behind us. The artist begins to fill with life and color made during the war, sometimes rather schematic drawings, in which little attention was paid to details. But, despite the apparent carelessness, these contrasting and expressive sketches of wartime miraculously accurately convey the mood and the characters.

Written after the war, the oil paintings the artist is working much more carefully and thoroughly (infrared images and numerous research work "Prisoners from the front" showed that it has undergone a lot of changes before it was completed). He manages a combination of tiny nuances to create the most breathable the picture that the viewer seems to be can easily hear the dialogue shown in her people. In military stories of Homer not enough battle scenes, it seems that the artist was more interested in the inside, behind the scenes of the war, the notorious "human factor". Battlefield in Petersburg, Virginia that serves as a backdrop in the painting "Prisoners from the front" attracts the attention is that felled trees and not in the first place. The main emphasis here is not even on the people depicted on the canvas, but rather on a deep, emotional drama.

The painting "Prisoners from the front" depicts not only real people, but even a specific day – June 21, 1864, when the army officer Union General Francis Channing Barlow (1834-1896) captured several confederates. Homer masterfully depicted how different people were involved in this war: young insecure boy, and a gray-bearded old man, humbly receiving his fate. But special attention should be man, still dressed in the form of the Confederate army. His proud, defiant pose almost mimics the bearing of General Barlow. Between the officers hung a palpable tension, but the similarity between them, according to critics, is designed to emphasize a sense of unity, despite the fact that they are regarded as enemies.

Author: Eugene Sidelnikov
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About the artwork

Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Portrait, Genre scene

Style of art: Realism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1866

Size: 61×96.5 cm

Artwork in selections: 2 selections

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