Prisoners from the Front: Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer: Prisoners from the Front

Prisoners from the Front by Winslow Homer, a war artist during the American Civil War, shows the capture of Confederate soldiers by the Union officer on the right.

Painted in 1866 two years after the real-life event took place in Petersburg Virginia, the mood is settled and the casual nature of the interaction is a forerunner of the peace to come. This is highlighted by the inclusion of the rifles discarded on the ground.

Prisoners from the Front is painted in the American Realist style.

The Union officer is General Francis C. Barlow (1834-1896), a Civil War hero who entered the war as an enlisted private and was promoted to General before the war had ended.

Winslow Homer’s Prisoners from the Front is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in the United States.

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