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Dressing for the Carnival  1877

by Winslow Homer

This is one of several scenes Homer painted after visiting Petersburg, Virginia, in the mid-1870s. The interweaving of cultural traditions by African Americans after emancipation is suggested by the central figure’s costume. Onto the traditional raiment of Harlequin, the clown and social outcast of European comic theater, a woman is sewing strips of cloth that derived from...
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art