In the decade following the conclusion of the Civil War, Homer painted several images of African Americans, including this one. The monarch butterfly on the boy's shoulder serves as a symbol of freedom and metamorphosis, and the image as a whole speaks to the importance of education for black citizens as well as the difficulty in achieving it.


  • Title: Taking Sunflower to Teacher
  • Creator: Winslow Homer
  • Date Created: 1875
  • Physical Dimensions: 7 5/8 × 6 3/16 inches
  • Medium: Watercolor on paper

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