Winslow Homer’s Adirondack Life

Winslow Homer, Two Guides, 1877. Oil on canvas, 61.6 x 97.2 cm. The Clark, 1955.3

“Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History” runs through September 8 at The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The exhibition traces Homer’s career through paintings, drawings, lithographs, wood engravings and more—and at about an hour and a half from the lower reaches of the Adirondack Park, it’s well worth the trip. Works from Homer’s trips to the Adirondacks—the earliest in 1870, the last just before his death in 1910—make an appearance in the show, including this portrait of Keene Valley guides Orson “Old Mountain” Phelps and Monroe Holt. To learn more about the Adirondack idylls of one of the most beloved artists of the 19th century, see “The Woods and Water Colorist,” by David Tatham, from our July/August 1992 issue.

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