The Graduate Center - City University of New York

Paintings by Winslow Homer

Peter Wood, emeritus professor of history at Duke University, discusses the career of Winslow Homer and his portrayals of African Americans during the Civil War. This talk took place on July 12, 2012, as part of The Visual Culture of the American Civil War, an NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers.



Simpson, Marc. Winslow Homer: Paintings of the Civil War. San Francisco, 1988.

Wood, Peter H., and Dalton, Karen C. C. Winslow Homer’s Images of Blacks: The Civil War and Reconstruction Years. Austin, 1988.

Wood, Peter H. Near Andersonville: Winslow Homer’s Civil War. Cambridge, 2010.

Tatham, David. Winslow Homer and the Pictorial Press. Syracuse, 2003.

Giese, Lucretia Hoover, and Perkinson, Roy. “A Newly Discovered Drawing of Sharpshooters by Winslow Homer: Experience, Image, and Memory.” Winterthur Portfolio 45:1 (Spring 2011).

Conn, Steven, and Walker, Andrew. “The History in the Art: Painting the Civil War,” in “Terrain of Freedom: American Art and the Civil War.” Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 27:1 (2001).

Holzer, Harold, and Neely, Mark E. Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: The Civil War in Art. New York, 1993.


Winslow Homer (1836­‐1910), Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Winslow Homer in the National Gallery of Art (National Gallery of Art)

The Civil War and American Art (Smithsonian American Art Museum)