Santa Maria, CA
The Cotton Pickers
Digital Art - Digital Reproduction
In 1876, Winslow Homer was one of the few artists who pictured African-Americans with sympathy and respect. The Cotton Pickers, from 1876, shows two young women returning home from a dayís work in the fields. These two women stand tall and proud, despite their tiring labor.
Picking cotton was an exhausting and sometimes painful job. The cotton seems soft. But the fluffy boll hides the prickly seedpod underneath. Notice how it catches at the womanís apron. This kind of realism, based on accurate observation, is a hallmark of Homerís art.
Here, his realism serves a deeper, more symbolic function. Ten years after the Civil Warís end, not much had changed in the lives of former slaves. Look into the face of the woman on the right. She looks off into the distance as if toward a better future--one thatís still far away.
Homerís friend and fellow painter Hopkinson Smith found in this painting what he called ďthe whole story of Southern Slavery.Ē
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December 9th, 2012
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