Curator Shirley Reece-Hughes shares how American childhood is portrayed in the Amon Carter's collection
Crossing the Pasture reveals the public’s desire for scenes of country boys, but the painting is also a reflection of Winslow Homer’s own cherished memories of his youth with his brothers. His wholesome country boys are an idealization of brotherhood. Standing together against the green hills, the boys act as redemptive symbols of hope for the country’s united future after a war that pitted brother against brother.
All artworks from the collection of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas
Written by Shirley Reece-Hughes, associate curator of paintings and sculpture, Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Produced by Jana Hill, digital engagement manager, Amon Carter Museum of American Art