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Winslow Homer painted A Temperance Meeting, also known as Noon Time, in 1874 and is now located at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. During this time in the artist’s career, the rural life was his main subject. Homer enjoyed portraying simple themes of life on the farm, like daily tasks, children playing outdoors, women experiencing leisure time, and even young couples courting. The painter concluded his famous work entitled Moonlight on the same year, which has a very different approach to a couple’s meeting than in A Temperance Meeting.
The artist, who formerly worked with commercial illustration, began to dedicate himself to different medias and eventually quit his work as a freelancer in 1875 to devote himself to an artistic career. Homer began to work regularly with watercolors and quickly mastered this technique, eventually becoming very famous for it. This media helped the artist work more freely and experiment with a more modern approach to painting, as well as working with realistic representations. In the late 1870s, the painter’s view on his work changed from optimism to a more dramatic interpretation where humankind fights for survival in nature.
The painting A Temperance Meeting has a very warm color palette and is very attentive to the sunlight. Homer frequently painted outdoors, similar to the Impressionists, with the intent of observing the different effects of the sunlight over a landscape during the different times of the day. Centered on the canvas, a young couple faces each other and seem to engage in conversation. The girl on the left wears a simple light dress and black boots. Her blond hair is pulled back with a dark ribbon, and she holds a large wooden bucket in one hand. She is facing the ground, possibly because she is shy or because she is protecting her eyes from the sun.
The young man standing in front of her is in a relaxed position. His face is partially covered by his broad hat, and he holds a hoe over his shoulder. Most of the canvas portrays a large green field of grass with areas of brown, red, and ochre pigments, as well as spots of white representing wildflowers. There are a couple of white and brown cows in the background and a sizable red barn to the right. The sky is clear and shows a beautiful gradient blue.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of A Temperance Meeting (or Noon Time), you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of A Temperance Meeting (or Noon Time) 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.
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