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Winslow Homer's 1873 watercolor A Basket of Clams was painted in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where the artist experimented with watercolour by painting figurative reproductions of the local children who inhabited the seafront and the wharves. Homer's deft and elegant rendition of a gentle scene in which two small children carry a container of clams, their respective shoulders weighed down as they shoulder the burden together, is a modest and humble expression of childhood. The cumbersome yet simple responsibility given to these two boys is contrasted by the hint of more arduous work through the two-masted sailboat behind them, referencing Gloucester's maritime economy. A charming, almost idyllic American image, Homer's shimmering use of light and energetic composition combine to create a simple work that reflects many of the preoccupations of his time. Like many other artists, Homer developed an interest in children and their daily lives in the 1870s — the decade following the American Civil War. This age of reconstruction, national healing, and industrial growth would frequently turn their eyes towards children as the harbingers of an innocent world and the embodied hopes of America's future.
Winslow Homer is seen by many as the greatest populist painter of the nineteenth century. Initially covering the Civil War as an artist-correspondent for Harper's Weekly, Homer's style began to concretize into an anecdotal rendering of his subjects. Following the conflict, Homer experimented with his craft, living in New York City, and created magazine illustrations to sustain himself and his work. Frequently journeying out to Massachusetts, New Jersey, and the rural New York State, Homer's style finally formed after a year-long visit to Paris in which he soaked up the surroundings and natural light that so influenced his contemporaries, the Impressionists. Although no avant-garde trailblazer, Homer's figurative reproductions of daily life reveal an artist who was a great observer of life, with an ability to capture scenes of both utter serenity and bitter conflict.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of A Basket of Clams, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of A Basket of Clams that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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