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Two Guides  by Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer
American, 1836-1910
Two Guides
c. 1875
Oil on canvas
61.6 x 97.2 cm
Acquired by Sterling Clark, 1916

Homer's rich palette and lively brushwork convincingly convey the splendor of the Adirondack Mountains in autumn. Two Guides depicts a pair of well-known mountain guides from Keene Valley, New York, posing in front of Beaver Mountain. The painting can be interpreted as an older, wiser man passing on knowledge to the next generation.