Through his prints, Winslow Homer gave Harper’s Weekly readers a more complete picture of the war and its impact on the country. Battle scenes were a time-honored subject for capturing war’s general mayhem and Homer effectively composed a number of works that illustrated this. However, his real strength was in exploring the conflict’s periphery and the many contributions to the war effort that women made.
This exhibition is presented in correlation with the Department of Art and Music Histories in the College of Arts and Sciences. During the fall 2018 semester, Distinguished Professor of Art and Music Histories Wayne Franits and students from his Senior Seminar studied wood engravings by noted American artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910) that depict women during the Civil War era. Their research and curatorial writing is featured in this exhibition.