On Winslow Homer’s Weaning the Calf

Winslow Homer, "Weanng the Calf," 1875, oil on canvas, 23 7/8 x 38 in., North Carolina Museum of Art

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On Winslow Homer’s Weaning the Calf

by James Applewhite
Southern Cultures, Vol. 3, No. 2: Summer 1997

"I feel it melt into a world where sun conceals its shade, and seasons pass."

What shadows my happiness? The boy and calf so linked by
a rope seem to forget all else. Grass recedes to the horizon
and chickens roam free. Hay stacked richly as memory bulges
mountainously on the sky.

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