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Snap the Whip

Item # 2467176

Winslow Homer

In the years after America's brutal Civil War (1861-65), children-as embodiments of innocence and the promise of America's future-became a popular artistic subject. Snap the Whip, one of Homer's most beloved works, evoked nostalgia for the nation's agrarian past as the population shifted to cities, and the little red schoolhouse faded from memory. Released from their lessons, the exuberant bare-footed boys engage in a spirited game of snap the whip, which required teamwork, strength, and calculation-all important skills for a reuniting country. An earlier, larger version of this subject (Butler Institute of American Art) was among the most celebrated paintings at the 1876 Centennial International Exhibition, held in Philadelphia-America's first world's fair. The Met's version differs from the original in its background, with a wide blue sky replacing a lush mountain range, making the image less regionally specific.

Bring museum quality art into your home or office decor with a canvas print that will never warp or sag. Each canvas print is 1.25” deep, with a hard, sealed finish back and pre-installed hanging hardware, so it’s designed to hang tough and is super easy to display. Add a frame to any canvas print for an eye-catching accent.

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It Belongs in a Museum!
Print your favorite art in vibrant colors and fine detail good enough for the Guggenheim. No matter if it's abstract art, classic art, or photography, we only use archival inks for spot-on color accuracy that won't fade over time. Featured art: #2608913
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Sealed Tight
A hard, fully sealed backing saves your walls from staple scratches and keeps all the pesky dust out. Plus, our patented warp-resistant design produces the tightest corners possible with no bubbles or bumps for a clean, professional look.
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Light as a Feather
Install your new abstract or classic art in 10 minutes or less with our pre-installed sawtooth hanging hardware and easy-to-manage lightweight design. Even though they're light, our rock-solid construction ensures they show up strong.
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Built Like No Other
All of our canvas is artist-grade material wrapped around a strong, sturdy frame that will stay as taut and flat as the day it was made. Add a frame in contemporary and modern styles for the perfect finish for your decor.
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