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13.2 Maine Rustic/Farm, 1860s—Figures in Interiors
In the nineteenth century, attitudes towards work changed, especially in the northern states of America. Although some artists made fun of “country bumpkins,” in general, farm work and farmers began to take on greater prestige and admiration. During the 1860s, Johnson returned to his birthplace in Maine to make studies of maple sugar production and also to seek out subjects of a rural life far removed from slavery. Barn interiors and home interiors show the families of farmers husking corn, winnowing grain, of taking a smoke. Exteriors show farmers at harvest time, loggers cutting trees or simply relaxing. In choosing scenes of rural white America Johnson was following in the tradition of Francis William Edmonds, George H. Durrie, Tompkins H. Matteson, and William Sidney Mount—a tradition popularized by the prints of Currier and Ives. —PH
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Hills no. 13.2.9
Alternate titles: A New England Interior; Interior of a Farm House in Maine; Interior of a Farmhouse in Maine; New England Interior; The Country Home; Woman in an Interior, Knitting [incorrect]; Woman Sewing
Oil on canvas, possibly mounted on board
12 13/16 x 15 in. (31 x 38.1 cm) (original canvas edge) and 13 x 15 1/8 in. (stretcher)
Signed and dated lower right, in perspective: E. Johnson/1865
Record last updated June 3, 2022. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Country Home, 1865 (Hills no. 13.2.9)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=138 (accessed on December 1, 2023).