The Fox Hunt (1893) by Winslow Homer

The Fox Hunt - Winslow Homer - 1893

Artwork Information

TitleThe Fox Hunt
ArtistWinslow Homer
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions38 x 68 1/2 in. (96.6 x 174.2 cm)
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationPennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, US

About The Fox Hunt

“The Fox Hunt” is an oil on canvas artwork by Winslow Homer dating back to 1893 and exemplifies the Realism art movement. The dimensions of the artwork are 38 x 68 1/2 inches (96.6 x 174.2 cm), and it falls within the genre of wildlife painting. Currently, it is housed at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States.

The artwork portrays a stark winter scene where the central focus is a fox in a snow-covered landscape. The fox’s posture, with its head turned, suggests an awareness of its surroundings, heightened by the rough winter environment it inhabits. The foreground shows the reddish-brown fur of the fox contrasting sharply with the white expanse of snow. The background reveals a stormy sky and a rocky terrain, conveying a sense of desolation and the harsh reality of survival in the wild. The presence of dark, ominous birds in the upper part of the painting adds to the drama, implying an impending threat and the struggle for life that plays out in nature. The artwork captures the quiet tension of the moment and reflects Homer’s skill in depicting naturalistic scenes with profound emotional depth.

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