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The Veteran in a New Field - Art Pillow (Throw Pillow)

Sale price$49.95



This 20"x12" throw pillow of Winslow Homer's Civil War painting "The Veteran in a New Field" adds character to any space, and makes a great gift.

Artist Winslow Homer completed The Veteran in a New Field in 1865, just months after the end of the Civil War.

It depicts a veteran farmer harvesting wheat in a field with a scythe. The farmer is identified as a former Union Soldier from his discarded jacket and canteen - covered by wheat and barely visible - in the right foreground of the painting.

The image is considered highly symbolic. Some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War were fought in wheat fields, and in the popular conscience, fields of grain were associated with fallen soldiers. One particularly well-known and disturbing photograph of soldiers who had died at Gettysburg was published with the title "Harvest of Death".

According to Wikipedia: One of the important aspects of the painting is the scythe the veteran holds. This scythe has invited comparison with the Grim Reaper, the famous harbinger of death. This emphasizes the farmer's past as a soldier, and war's connection to death. The presence of the veteran harvesting the wheat parallels the massive loss of life in the Civil War and the "harvesting" of bodies that took place.

Additionally, the use of wheat as a crop is an important aspect of the painting's commentary on mortality. Wheat had historically been placed on coffins, connecting the crop with death. The veteran is surrounded by wheat, which is sometimes seen as a reminder that the soldier had been surrounded by death during his time at war. Alternatively, the presence of wheat may symbolize the North, as wheat is a northern crop, and was often used on patriotic images during the Civil War period.

IMPORTANT: Because fabric is hand-sewn and cut, sizes are approximate and may differ slightly.

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The Veteran in a New Field - Art Pillow (Throw Pillow)
The Veteran in a New Field - Art Pillow (Throw Pillow) Sale price$49.95