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Twilight at Leeds, New York. The painting by Winslow Homer
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Twilight at Leeds, New York

The American painter Winslow Homer concluded the landscape entitled Twilight at Leeds, New York in 1876. During this period in the artist’s career, his works were mostly optimistic and had a bright color palette. Although this twilight scene is quite dark, there is a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere that approaches the viewer to the natural surroundings of the artwork. This artwork is considered one of Homer’s pastoral landscapes, a painting style that derives from pastoralism, which concerns raising livestock. The artist concluded many paintings in this fashion, which can be seen as a direct influence of the Realist painters, such as The Blue Boy, painted during the same year, and Shepherdess Tending Sheep concluded in 1878.

During the 1870s, Homer regularly portrayed simple rural scenes, like women in moments of leisure, children playing and enjoying the outdoors, romantic couples under the moonlight. The artist mastered his craft of oil painting during this decade, as well as beginning to work with watercolors. He ultimately gave up his career as a freelance commercial illustrator and dedicated himself to painting only. Homer worked as a field artist in Virginia during the American Civil War, creating many paintings as drawings of what he saw. In the mid-1870s, he returned to Virginia with the intent of observing and portraying the life of former slaves.

The painting Twilight at Leeds, New York depicts a landscape found in the town of Catskill, close to the north town line. Homer worked mainly outdoors, even before he went to Europe and met artists of the Impressionist movement – which also portrayed landscapes on location to observe the natural sunlight, but called it painting en plein air. Homer’s observation of the lighting was fundamental for the representation of this scene, as the shadows cast by the trees create drastic diagonal lines going down the hill and giving movement to the composition.

A single black and white cow stands in the field, placed in the forefront of the canvas, and some other animals can be seen in the distance as well. There is a line of tall trees at the top of the hill, standing against the sun, and, therefore, are very dark. The sky varies from darker shades of blue and green to bright ochre and white pigments as the sun descends.

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