In the 1870s, Homer turned his attention to oil paintings and watercolors of rural America. The theme of rural life was popular in postwar America. A growing nostalgia for agrarian life and the innocence of childhood suited the national mood after the trauma of the Civil War years.
Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910)
The Nooning, c.1872
Oil on canvas, 13 5/16 x 19 5/8 in.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1947.1
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Paper size: 26 x 34 in.
Image size: 20 x 30 in.