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Idyllic harvest images of apple gathering, maple sugaring, pumpkin picking, and in this case corn husking, were a favorite theme for 19th-century genre painters. These scenes were so popular that Currier and Ives published a lithograph of Eastman Johnson’s Corn Husking in 1861. Within the frame of the barn, the scene contains romantic imagery of a family happily at work together, conveying the idea that rural society was a place of peace and harmony. The sturdy young farmer lifting the bushel of corn over his head is a metaphor for the self-sufficient and robust nature of the patriotic American farmer.
depth 2.5 in, height 28 in, width 33.75 in