Homer, Winslow - Hound and Hunter

Brandywine General Store

SKU: 217 country decor

A Museum Quality Print of Hound and Hunter by Winslow Homer for sale by Brandywine General Store. The artist painted this oil on canvas in the year 1892. The scene shows a young hunter who has just killed a big buck deer and is trying to get the deer into his canoe or to pull it up on the bank. When this final canvas was exhibited in 1892, its subject was condemned as a cruel sport then practiced in the Adirondacks. Some viewers believed the youth was drowning the deer to save ammunition. The artist curtly responded, the critics may think that that deer is alive but he is not, otherwise the boat and man would be knocked high and dry. This painting was gifted to the National Gallery of Art in 1947 by Stephen C. Clarke where it still remains today. To clarify that the stag is already dead and no longer struggling, Homer did repaint the churning water to hide more of the animal. The hunter, therefore, simply ties up a heavy load, calling off the hound so it will not jump into the boat and swamp it. Country Decor art print #217

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