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Snap of the whip (Play)

Painting, 1872, 30.5×50.8 cm

Description of the artwork «Snap of the whip (Play)»

A civil war exhausted the country and the people finally behind us. Echoes of loss, destruction and traumatic events for many years to blight the lives of Americans, despite the relief that arms are laid down. During these years, many artists and writers turned to themes of innocence and nonchalance, making the main characters of their works to children. Thus, they not only indulge in the idyllic memories of pre-war life, but also trying to look to the bright future of America.

The painting depicted Homer nine boys, absorbed in an old game "Snap of the whip". Children join hands and stand in a long line (the longer the better), the first one starts randomly move, setting in motion the entire chain (much like the movements of a shepherd's whip, hence the name of the game). In the end, travel is becoming so chaotic and unpredictable that the extreme link of the chain start to come off. The boys in the painting of Homer, enthusiastically running around barefoot on the grass during school changes differ from those of the urchins, who played in the same game a hundred, two hundred or even three hundred years ago, except that clothes.

Winslow Homer painted this picture in two versions. On the first polote children playing surrounded by a covered with dark green mountains, as if casually snatched from the surrounding landscape solar beam. The second version of the painting (it is in the Metropolitan Museum) is much smaller here Homer enhances and emphasizes the feeling of ease, replacing the mountain scenery bright blue sky.

Over the years the painting "Snap the whip" was made by a great many of her prints, she was recognized as one of the most successful masterpieces of Homer and presented at the universal exhibition of 1876 in Philadelphia.

Author: Eugene Sidelnikov
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About the artwork

Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Landscape, Genre scene

Style of art: Realism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1872

Size: 30.5×50.8 cm

Artwork in selections: 6 selections

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