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Creator Name: Johnson, Eastman
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: American; 1824-1906 North and Central America,North America,United Sta
Creator Active Place: North and Central America,North America,United Sta
Creator Name-CRT: Eastman Johnson
Title: Husking Bee, Island of Nantucket
Title Type: preferred
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1876
Creation End Date: 1876
Creation Date: 1876
Creation Place: North and Central America,North America,United States,Massachusetts,Nantucket Island
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: unframed: 69.3 x 137 cm (27 1/4 x 54 3/16 in.)framed: 113.7 x 182.6 cm (44 3/4 x 71 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions: Signed lower left: "E. Johnson/1876"
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1922.444
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, Potter Palmer Collection
Context: One of several genre paintings within Eastman Johnson's oeuvre that takes its nostalgic theme from rural Nantucket, Husking Bee, Island of Nantucket is a timeless evocation of agrarian peace and cooperation. The success of the painting's theme pivots on its style: a fusion of landscape and genre imbued with a Barbizon, plein-air sensibility. The glowingly autumnal palette is interspersed with bright patches of red, blue, and green that appear like sparks amidst the solid, shimmering gold of the cornhusks. Johnson included a woman discovering a red ear of corn in the painting, which, according to folk tradition, would allow her to kiss the person of her choice. This combination of indigenous subject matter with an international style forms a sophisticateddepiction of Nantucket's picturesque plenitude.
AMICA ID: AIC_.1922.444
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998
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