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Paddling at Dusk

1892
15 1/8 x 21 7/16 in. (38.4 x 54.5 cm)

Winslow Homer
American (Boston, MA, 1836 - 1910, Prout's Neck, ME)

Object Type: Watercolor
Medium and Support: Watercolor with graphite on wove paper
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. James H. Lockhart, Jr.
Accession Number: 1984.51
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Location: Not currently on view
Collection: Lockhart Collection

The remote North Woods Club in the Adirondacks was a favorite retreat for Winslow Homer. There, he painted over a hundred oils and watercolors and found congenial friends, including 22-year-old Ernest Yalden, son of members of the club and the subject of this painting. Yalden recalled Homer’s interest in capturing the play of light flashing off the blades as he paddled his own self-built, light-weight canoe.

The year after Homer painted him in his canoe, Yalden graduated with a civil engineering degree and started a trade school in New York City for uneducated Jewish immigrants. He founded the Mineralogy Club of New York and trained men to be navigators during World War I. An authority on sun-dialing, he became an accomplished amateur astronomer who built an observatory in his back yard.

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

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Artist's signature, upper right: W. Homer, to Ernest J G Yalden/Aug 27 1892


Provenance
Artist; given to J. Ernest F. Yalden, subject of painting, 1892; M.A. McDonald, New York, NY; purchased by Dr. and Mrs. James H. Lockhart, Jr., Geneseo, NY; given to the Gallery in 1984

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Seeing America Inservice Materials from a teacher in-service presentation Spring 2008
Seeing America Chapter on Winslow Homer's Paddling at Dusk, written by David Tatham.
It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue Entry for this artwork in the It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue. The exhibition ran from March 17-June 9, 2013


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