Hark! The Lark

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Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910)
Hark! The Lark, 1882
Oil on canvas
36 3/8 × 31 3/8 in. (92.39 × 79.69 cm)
Layton Art Collection, Inc., Gift of Frederick Layton L99
Photo credit: John R. Glembin
Currently on View

Winslow Homer considered this the most significant painting to emerge from his extended stay in the English sea village of Cullercoats. Already well established for his paintings of children playing, rural farm life, and idyllic seascapes, Homer sought new artistic inspiration among the fisherwomen of this region. Although the title indicates that the women have paused to hear a bird, their postures and expressions suggest a wary optimism as they look out to sea. Sculptural and robust, the figures resonate with the courage and stoicism that marked a new phase in the artist's career: after returning from England, Homer settled permanently in Maine and made the sea and its residents his primary subjects.

Publication History
Sawinski, Catherine. Mr. Layton's Gallery--The Salon-Style Hang. Entry posted April 12, 2013. http://blog.mam.org/2013/04/12/mr-laytons-gallery-the-salon-style-hang/ (accessed October 28, 2014). Eastberg, John C. and Eric Vogel. Layton’s Legacy: A Historic American Art Collection 1888–2013. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Layton Art Collection, Inc., 2013, p. 160-63, color pl. 8, p. 160, color detail p. 161, 162-3. Tatham, David. Winslow Homer in London: A New York Artist Abroad. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 2010, color pl. 9. Tedeschi, Martha and Kristi Dahm. Watercolors by Winslow Homer: The Color of Light. New Haven and London; Yale University Press, 2008, p. 31, color pl. 18. Davidson, Susan. Art in America: 300 Years of Innovation. London: Merrell, 2007, p. 30, fig. 12. Davidson, Susan, ed., Art in the USA: 300 Anos de Innovacion. New York and Bilbao, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa, 2007, p. 36, fig. 12. Andera, Margaret, Nonie Gadsden, Britt Salvesen, and Laurie Winters. Collection Guide: Milwaukee Art Museum. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 2004, p. 34, 70, cat. 52, color illus. p. 34. Milwaukee Art Museum. Building a Masterpiece: Milwaukee Art Museum. New York: Hudson Hill Press, 2001, p. 111, color illus. Cikovsky, Nicolai, Franklin Kelly, and Winslow Homer. Winslow Homer. Washington: National Gallery of Art, 1995, b/w illus. p. 181, fig. 146. Instituto Geografico. Winslow Homer: Collezione D’Arte. 1992, color illus. p. 13, 17. Winslow Homer. New Albany, Ind: Gene Teitelbaum, 1992, b/w illus. p. 2. Jennings, Kate F., and Winslow Homer. Winslow Homer. New York, N.Y.: Crescent Books, 1990, illus. p. 52 and cover. Mundy, James, and Russell Bowman.1888: Frederick Layton and His World. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1988, p. 60–61, cat. 12, color illus. p. 61. Goldstein, Rosalie, ed. Guide to the Permanent Collection. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1986, p. 110, color illus. p. 110. Harrison, Tony. Winslow Homer in Cullercoats. Published on the occasion of the exhibition. Port Seton: Station Press, 1983, b/w illus. p. 117, fig. E142. Wilmerding, John. Nov. 1975. Winslow Homer's English Period. American Art Journal. 7, no. 2: 60-69. illus. p. 68. Homer, Winslow, and John Wilmerding. Winslow Homer. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1972, p. 133, color illus. p. 146. Milwaukee Journal Sunday Magazine, December 27, 1970, color illus. p.8. Novak, Barbara. American Painting of the Nineteenth Century; Realism, Idealism, and the American Experience. New York: Praeger, 1969, p. 183, discussed p. 184. Goodrich, Lloyd. The Graphic Work of Winslow Homer. Published on the occasion of the exhibition. New York: Museum of Graphic Art, 1968. Beam. Philip C., Winslow Homer at Prout’s Neck. Boston: Little, Brown, 1966, p. 56, 212. Flexner, James Thomas. he World of Winslow Homer, 1836-1910. New York: Time, Inc, 1966, p. 101-02. University of Arizona. Yankee Painter: A Retrospective Exhibition of Oils, Water Colors and Graphics by Winslow Homer, October 11–December 1, 1963, p. 103 illus. Gould, Jean. Winslow Homer, A Portrait. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1962, p. 196. Carnegie Institute. Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings from Previous Internationals, 1896-1955. Pittsburgh: Carnegie Institute, 1958, cat. 23, illus. Des Moines Art Center. 10th Anniversary Exhibition: Current Painting Styles and Their Sources. Des Moines, Iowa: The Center, 1958, illus. Goodrich, Lloyd, and John W. Beatty. Winslow Homer. New York: Pub. for the Whitney Museum of American Art by the Macmillan Co, 1944, p. 80–81 Downes, William Howe. The Life and Works of Winslow Homer. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co, 1911, p. 148-49, 151-52. (some incorrect information given)
Exhibition History
Winslow Homer, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 15 October 1995–28 January 1996; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 21 February–26 May, 1996; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 20 June–22 September 1996. 1888: Frederick Layton and His World, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 8–August 28, 1988. Yankee Painter: A Retrospective Exhibition of Oils, Watercolors and Graphics by Winslow Homer, Art Galleries, University of Arizona, Tucson, October 11–December 1, 1963. 1896-1955: Retrospective of Paintings from Previous Internationals, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, December 5, 1958–February 8, 1959. Wright Art Center, Beloit College, September 13–October 28, 1959. 10th Anniversary Exhibition: Current Painting Styles and Their Sources, Des Moines Art Center, June–July, 1958. 19th Century American Masters, Milwaukee Art Institute, February 20–March 28, 1948. University of Wisconsin Memorial Union, Madison, 1948. Exhibited in a special group of 22 Homer oils as a part of the 12th International Exhibition, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, May–June, 1908. Royal Academy, London, summer, 1882.


This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.