Skirmish at Split Rail Fence

Oil on canvas
50 x 60 inches
Credit Line:
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

The energy of Grooms’s style and his dynamic composition and mastery at conveying detail combine to give us a sense of the chaotic frenzy of battle. In 1862 artist Winslow Homer also illustrated the terror of holding ground during a bayonet change (on view upstairs), but minute-by-minute action like this could not be captured in the photography of the time.