Once the Girl Started Through the Yard as Though She Would Rush After Them and Stopped at the Gate
oil on canvas
34 1/8 x 25 1/4 in.
This work is from a tale called The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come by John Fox, which follows the story of an orphan in Kentucky shortly before the onset of the Civil War. The painting shows a little girl in a red dress standing at a half-opened gate with her hand to her breast as if distraught and uncertain whether she should continue through. It is a perfect example of Wyeth’s realistic and melodramatic style, as well as his talent for bringing literature to life through his art.