Winslow Homer Civil War Art:
Home from the War
In the June 13, 1863 issue of Harper's Weekly, we find
this stunning Winslow Homer Illustration. It is captioned, "Home From
the War". Homer signed this illustration simply with an "H".
There is no mistaking the trademark Winslow Homer Style in this poignant
June 13, 1863 - Home from the War (Click
on Image for an Enlarged View)
In 1862 we saw the stark look of blood-thirsty hate
on the faces of the soldiers in the
Charge, and the look of unimaginable fear in the faces of the
soldiers in the
Bayonet Charge. Here, for the first
time in a Winslow Homer illustration, we see a new and different look on
the faces of soldiers. In this image, we see the unmistakable look of
Love on each face. We see the look of love in the face of a
soldier lifting up his infant child. We see another soldier gazing
at the face of a young daughter. Yet another, and perhaps most
loving of all, is a soldier looking into the eyes of his wife and he
dances with her. Another soldier tenderly escorts his mother, who stands
with his younger brother. These images of love and hope are
perhaps from a sense from Winslow Homer that there there was hope for an
end to war, and that men would be re-united with their loved ones.
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