Optional - receive your painting ready to hang. Note we are only able to ship framed paintings up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached, the framing option is automatically disabled. If ordered without a frame the painting will arrive rolled inside a protective tube with an extra 1.5" white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
Winslow Homer painted the iconic artwork entitled Snap the Whip I in 1872 and concluded another very similar version in the artwork entitled Snap the Whip. After working in the frontline of the American Civil war depicting the scenes he witnessed, Homer was compelled to nostalgic and rural themes. Many other artists portrayed children as a representation of the country’s future and the quintessence of innocence.
The American painter wished to show the classic red school house – which was becoming rare in the country as the population migrated to the large cities. The scene of this painting portrays a group of boys playing outdoors after being dismissed from school. During this decade, Homer concluded many paintings, prints, and drawings depicting children in school and enjoying leisure time. In Snap the Whip I, a group of about ten young barefoot boys play a popular game of the time to burn the accumulated energy they built up in the classroom. The kids form a chain by holding hands, the right side of the canvas shows the beginning, with the first boy clinging tightly to his friend. By the end, to the left of the painting, the last few boys weren’t able to hold on and fall to the ground, as they are thrown some steps back because of the whip movement of their human chain. Homer beautifully represents the natural movement of the kids, placing each in a different position.
The color palette is very vibrant – even the dull colors of the kids clothing pop with bright, beautiful pigments. The green and ochre field of grass shows scattered wildflowers in red, yellow, and white tonalities. The background depicts large hills filled with vegetations, which contrasts with the bright red school, as well as a light blue sky with clouds featuring yellow highlights of sunlight. Other human figures can be seen in the faraway background, to the left of the composition. In 1873, Homer submitted a woodcut print version of Snap the Whip I as a double page spread in Harper’s Weekly. The artist achieved a harmonious composition by creating a balance between each figure and knowingly leading the viewer’s eyes throughout the artwork. During this period, Homer had a realistic approach to painting, giving a considerable amount of detail to the landscape and figures.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Snap the Whip I, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Snap the Whip I 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 plastic 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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