Category:Winslow Homer wood engravings

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This category includes Homer’s wood engravings for the illustrated weekly, from 1858 to 1873. In the span of these 15 years, Homer portrayed rural life in America, the brutality of the Civil War, the changing roles of women, and the favorite pastimes of the American people. At this time, the illustrated weekly was a revolutionary venture on the publishing scene. The weeklies were a cross between contemporary magazines and pictorial newspapers. Wood engraving, newly rediscovered and refined, was a fast, inexpensive way to reproduce pictures; however, the publishers were in need of illustrators, and more importantly, expert engravers. Wood engravers were rare in this country because the medium had never been popular. Scores of engravers from France came to America in search of work, and a young Frenchman introduced Homer to the wood block. Young Homer sketched for the block and sold his first illustration to the Boston weekly Ballou’s Pictorial. A short time later, his work appeared in the smart and chic Harper’s Weekly. In less than a month, Homer had become a professional free-lance illustrator.

Source: Boston Public Library official Flickr stream http://www.flickr.com/photos/boston_public_library/sets/72157626612547979

The War for the Union 1862 -- A cavalry charge (Boston Public Library).jpg

Detail from "The War for the Union 1862"

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