Long Branch, New Jersey: Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer: Long Branch, New Jersey

Long Branch, New Jersey by American artist Winslow Homer depicts a scene of summertime leisure at the seashore. The picture is executed with expertise regarding the capture of cool light and owes much to French painting of the time, specifically Édouard Manet.

It was painted in 1869 when such scenes were a necessary antidote in the wake of the recent carnage of the American Civil War which ended just four years earlier. Long Branch, New Jersey was a popular seaside resort in the 19th century, especially due to its proximity to New York City and Philadelphia.

Winslow Homer’s Long Branch, New Jersey is in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

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