Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Winslow Homer "Snap the Whip"

This was painted by Winslow Homer in 1872 and it is oil on canvas. The painting shows children during that time period playing a common game called snap the whip. The suspenders, short pants, and caps the kids are wearing truly capture the 1800 American attire. The bright red building is most likely a school house, with the teachers standing close by watching the kids. The kids have bare feet which symbolizes a child's freedom, while also wearing suspenders associated with manhood's responsibilities.

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