Fox Hunt

by Winslow Homer

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Homer dramatized the brutal realities of winter on the Maine coast by showing a fox desperately bounding through deep snow in an attempt to flee a flock of half-starved crows. The birds descend ominously with outstretched wings, forming a dark hovering mass above the struggling fox. That viewers witness the scene from the fox’s vantage point heightens the sense of tension and empathy. Homer’s carefully designed composition, indebted to his study of Japanese woodblock prints, supports the unfolding drama.