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Samuel Palmer : “The Harvest Moon” (c. 1833)

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Harvesters bring in sheaves of golden grain beneath the light of the full moon in this jewel of a painting, composed by Samuel Palmer during his stay in Shoreham, Kent. A protege of William Blake, Palmer idealized the pastoral virtue of pre-industrial Britain at a time when many agricultural laborers were busy agitating for reform. In “The Harvest Moon”, he accordingly depicts honest peasant farmers working in harmony to overcome the forces of darkness (i.e., of political and social change). According to Matthew Hargraves of the Yale Center for British Art, “Palmer’s vision of the night created an alternate world, an idyllic place, where the harsh realities of rural life and political change are smoothed away, and their toil becomes part of the seductive beauty of the nocturnal landscape.”

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