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Winslow Homer painted one of his most iconic pieces entitled Fox Hunt in 1893, while working in his studio in Prouts Neck, Maine, and is his largest painting. The artist exhibited this work in Philadelphia, at the annual art show of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the institute purchased the piece. This painting portrays a flock of crows circling a fox which struggles to run in the deep snow in search of food. The scene takes place on the New England coast in mid-winter – a difficult time for animals because the harsh weather makes food less easy to find. During this time in Maine, many flocks of starving crows will gather in numbers to prey on a weaker fox.
The artist used a real fox pelt, which he acquired from a hunter friend, over a barrel in the snow so he could observe the colors and details of the animal. Homer also found and sketched live crows, attracting them by scattering corn on the ground. Many art historians consider this artwork to be a “Darwinian” painting, for it speaks of survival in the wild. Some also speak of the possibility that Homer portrayed himself in Fox Hunt as the fox itself. The artist could have seen himself as the shy, aloof, shrewd fox running from imminent danger and fighting for survival. Homer’s signature on the bottom left corner of the canvas also suggests his identification with the fox, as it is positioned in the same way as the animal – as if it were sinking in the snow – as well as resembling the “R” to the shape of the fox’s tail.
In Fox Hunt, Homer used an unusual composition, placing the viewer in the middle of the action. The fox is in the forefront, creating a diagonal angle with the canvas and making the whole scene more dynamic. Its red-orange fur pops from the almost pure white snow, making it an easy target – different from the crows in the top right corner, which almost blend into the dark sky. The fox faces the ocean in the background, searching an escape route and creating a mysterious atmosphere about its “identity.” Some small branches grow out of the frozen ground, as well as some brown rocks in the distance.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Fox Hunt, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Fox Hunt 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.
All orders ship with UPS, FedEx or DHL and will arrive directly to your home or office. A tracking number will be emailed to you as soon as the order leaves our studio so you can track it online. All orders ship express and usually arrive within 4-5 days from the shipping date. Due to shipping restraints, many of our framed, stretched, and oversize paintings may take 6-21 days for arrival depending on the safest route determined by the postal service.