Potence: After Homer
Potence: After Homer
Oil on canvas, leather, 1863 rifle (replica)
50" x 30" x 6"

Winslow Homer painted A Veteran in a New Field in 1865, soon after, General Lee’s surrender and Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Homer painted this Union veteran to evoke the Grim Reaper recalling the war’s harvest of death and the redemption of a bountiful wheat crop and America’s potential for recovery.
This piece includes a leather wrapped 1863 rifle as a dormant threat amid the bounty