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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 215 A PICTURE’S WORTH 1000 200 WORDS

Snap the Whip

WINSLOW HOMER, 1872

 

Boston-born artist Winslow Homer began his career first as an apprentice to a lithographer; then he became an illustrator. Homer is best known, however, for his evocative oil paintings of seascapes and of American life in the latter half of the 19th century.

 

In Snap the Whip we find young schoolboys playing a vigorous game that was a test of their strength and tenacity. The object of the game was for the participants to remain standing and connected, hand in hand, as the human “whip” snapped. The painting was first exhibited at the 1876 Centennial Exposition ...

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