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Winslow Homer concluded the oil painting entitled The Two Guides in 1877. This autumn landscape seems simple, tending to a realistic style but was not well received by the art critics when shown a year later in the National Academy of Design’s exhibit. Although there is little information of the artist’s trip to France eleven years earlier, historians believe this painting was influenced by what painters were producing in Europe at the time – mainly the Impressionists.
The American artist was inspired by his many visits to his friend’s farm in New York, in the region of the Adirondack Mountains. Homer painted The Two Guides during the peak of his artistic career when he was about forty-years-old. He showed the painting again in 1890, and the opinions of the critics changed drastically, as modern painting was now being well received – many of the same critics who made negative comments about it, now praised the artwork.
The two figures portrayed in this painting were real men from Keene Valley, New York. The gentleman on the left was a mountain guide called Charles Monroe Holt and the older man on the right was very well-known, and others even wrote about him, the guide Orson “Old Mountain” Phelps. Holt was a tall, skinny, young man depicted wearing a bright red long-sleeve shirt that contrasts with the natural surroundings. He holds a hatched, wears a backpack, a fedora, and a long neckless, possibly made of natural objects, like seeds and bark. Phelps, on the other hand, was a short old man who wore clothes of earthy tones that almost blend in with the background. His ochre-gray hair and beard are messy and cover part of his face. He holds a sack over his left shoulder and wears a large black hat.
Homer captured the essence of this scene, as he depicted the instance where Phelps points out into the distance, showing the best path. The guides stand on a hill filled with low vegetations filled with rich specks of orange, yellow, white, green, and brown pigments. There is a single tall tree with green leaves and red berries on the right side of the canvas that reaches the blue sky. The clouds seem to intertwine the green hills in the distance, implying the adventurer's long journey.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Two Guides, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Two Guides 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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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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