November 16 Art Encounters
The Art of War & Peace
10:30–11:30 am

Art Encounters offers guided tours of Joslyn's collections and special exhibitions on the third Thursday of each month, beginning at 10:30 am. Designed to appeal to all art lovers, from the well-seasoned to the amateur, these monthly programs are a great way to learn about art with others.


The Art of War and Peace
explores art’s ability to communicate ideas about conflict, sacrifice, and freedom and shows how these subjects have influenced artists and shaped artistic style throughout history.

What's Pictured:
Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910), Trooper Meditating Beside a Grave, ca. 1865, Gift of Dr. Harold Gifford and Ann Gifford Forbes, 1960.298

Early in his career Winslow Homer made a living as an illustrator for various magazines, chiefly Harper’s Weekly, for whom he served as a pictorial correspondent during the Civil War, participating in several Union campaigns. At about this same time, Homer began painting in oils. His Prisoners from the Front (Metropolitan Museum of Art), completed in 1866, won him immediate acclaim when it was shown at the Exposition Universelle in Paris.

Homer achieved success as an illustrator through his ability to draw quickly and accurately. His sense of the dramatic and direct narrative style carried over into his later paintings. The small oil by Homer in Joslyn’s collection, Trooper Meditating Beside a Grave, may have been intended as a study for a larger work and was itself based on an earlier pencil sketch. Dated to about 1865, it calls the viewer’s attention to the real cost of the bitter struggle between the States.
 



Art Encounters is free for most programs. General public guests receive a discounted price on ticketed exhibition tours.  Reservations are not required.  For program details please contact Joslyn's Director of Adult Programs at (402) 661-3862 or by email.