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Winslow Homer painted the iconic artwork entitled The Veteran in a New Field in 1865. The artist concluded this painting soon after the Battle of Appomattox Court House, one of the last combat of the Civil War that took place in Virginia. Robert E. Lee, the Confederate State Army General in Chief, along with his army, surrendered resulting in a victory for the Union Army. Only five days later, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, culminating in Homer’s vision for this work.
The American artist was sent to the frontline of the Civil War and produced many sketches and paintings of the many scenes he saw during the experience. Homer was very passionate about his country and returned to Virginia after the end of the war to observe and portray the life of former slaves. The painter’s work has a strong political view, and The Veteran in a New Field is no different. The main figure of this work, a farmer, is a Union veteran, a fact not only revealed in the title but also by his army jacket and canteen in the bottom right corner of the canvas. By placing a scythe in his hands, Homer symbolizes the death that comes from war, as well as grief for the former president.
Painted as Realism, which often portrayed workers in fields of hay, Homer gave this masterpiece real soul. Like many of his paintings, the man depicted in this work is facing against the viewer, creating a mystery around who he is and how his expression is. The composition is simple, mainly divided into three horizontal stripes, from dark to light. The forefront shows the cut field with a dark brown ground and highlights of yellow strands of hay.
The middle of the canvas shows the tall, golden-ochre hay with brushstrokes that convey a natural movement. The sky is calm and painted in a light blue with little change in tonality and without any clouds. The leading figure wears modest clothing; dark brown pants, a white shirt, suspensors and a hat for protection. Homer’s portrayal of such a mundane subject offers a powerful debate and reflection on a significant moment in America’s history. The Veteran in a New Field is an explicit representation of the Union’s victory, even with the sacrifices.
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