The End of the Hunt is a watercolor painting created by Winslow Homer during his vacation in the Adirondacks in 1892. It is one of twenty-six watercolors he made during this time, and like many of his series, it depicts different moments of the same activity. Homer’s use of watercolors allows for a soft yet vivid depiction of the autumn landscape.
As an American landscape painter, printmaker, and marine artist, Winslow Homer was at the forefront of 19th-century American art. His technique involves broad washes with little detail, thus allowing his work to convey emotion through color and form rather than subject matter. The End Of The Hunt shows two men after a successful hunting trip; their horses are tired and drinking from a stream that flows through the center of the painting.
The prominent placement of nature in The End Of The Hunt should come as no surprise given Homer’s love for the outdoors. He often found inspiration in everyday scenes such as this one, incorporating serene landscapes with figures that suggest they live within them rather than control them. Like other paintings in his series documenting different moments from hunts, such as After the Hunt or An October Day upon first sight; viewers can appreciate both its beauty while also witnessing humanity coexisting harmoniously with nature.