Featured Lot: A Steal or Wrongful Attribution?


In this ongoing series for Fine Art Today, we take a longer look at the history and features of a soon-to-be-available artwork of note. This week’s painting is attributed to an American icon, and if that’s accurate, is very underpriced. You decide.

A loosely executed and small painting featured in Thomaston Place Galleries’ February 12 “Winter Sale” could be your steal of the year. Priced at $2,500, “The Country Boy” has been attributed to the great Winslow Homer (1836-1910). Homer is known particularly for his maritime paintings, but the canvas here displays a lone figure on a low horizon. Represented in profile, a young boy wears a hat, pants, and jacket, with his hands in his pockets. A wooden fence can be see behind him as foliage and grasses compose the foreground.

Few details are included in the painting, perhaps recalling Homer’s “blocky” or sharply outlined figures. Further support for the attribution comes from the painting’s verso, which includes an inscription on the original gold frame that reads “Presented by Homer to Joseph Daniels, also an artist and Historian of Oxford, Maine.”

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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