Husking Bee, Island of Nantucket

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

Image actions

  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1876

Artist:

Eastman Johnson
American, 1824–1906

About this artwork

One of several genre paintings in Eastman Johnson’s oeuvre that takes its nostalgic theme from rural Nantucket, Husking Bee, Island of Nantucket is a timeless evocation of agrarian peace and cooperation. Stylistically, the painting fuses landscape and genre, and Johnson further imbued the scene with a Barbizon, plein-air sensibility. The autumnal palette is interspersed with bright patches of red, blue, and green that appear like sparks amidst the shimmering gold of the cornhusks. Johnson carefully included a woman discovering a red ear of corn, which, according to folk tradition, would allow her to kiss the person of her choice. This combination of indigenous subject matter and an international style was typical of American art around the time of the country’s centennial.

On View

American Art, Gallery 171

Artist

Eastman Johnson

Title

Husking Bee, Island of Nantucket

Origin

Nantucket Island

Date

1876

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed lower left: "E. Johnson/1876"

Dimensions

69.3 × 137 cm (27 1/4 × 54 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Honoré and Potter Palmer

Reference Number

1922.444

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share