Snap the Whip: Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer: Snap the Whip

Painted six years after the American Civil War during which American painter Winslow Homer depicted the lives of the soldiers, Snap the Whip (1872) shows a group of boys outside a red schoolhouse in a vast landscape performing a game.

The game, a model of cooperation, became in this picture a nod to communal healing and collaboration in the rebuilding of American society after the war. Evidence of the need for mutual feeling is in the glance of the two boys to the fallen boy on the left.

Winslow Homer’s Snap the Whip is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

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