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Creator Name: Homer, Winslow
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: American; 1836-1910 North and Central America,North America,United Sta
Creator Active Place: North and Central America,North America,United Sta
Creator Name-CRT: Winslow Homer
Title: Croquet Scene
Title Type: preferred
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1866
Creation End Date: 1866
Creation Date: 1866
Creation Place: North and Central America,North America,United States
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: unframed:40.3 x 66.2 cm (15 7/8 x 26 1/16 in.)framed: 62.9 x 88.3 cm (24 3/4 x 34 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions: Signed, lower right: "WINSLOW HOMER/-66-"
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1942.35
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, Friends of American Art Collection; the Goodman Fund
Context: In 1865 Winslow Homer completed the first of five paintings he would devote to the subject of croquet. Croquet Scene is probably the fourth in the series and the most compositionally striking in its use of light and color to define space. Homer's interest in depicting croquet coincided with the rise in popularity of the game among the upper classes in America. His choice of subject matter and his decision to paint the subject in series bespeak his modernity, as does the lack of explicit narrative in the paintings. These works also have close ties to illustration, both Homer's own and those in croquet rule books, and thereby link the artist's early career as an illustrator to his emerging one as a painter.
AMICA ID: AIC_.1942.35
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998

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