Winslow Homer

January 13, 2018 | Author: Anonymous | Category: Arts & Humanities, Performing Arts, Drama
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Born in Boston, MA



Taught to draw and paint by his mother, an amateur watercolorist



Little formal training



Worked as an apprentice to a lithographer  Disliked it greatly because he was just copying other people’s art



Later, became an illustrator  At 21 yrs., joined Harper’s Weekly magazine



During Civil War, sent to the front as an artistcorrespondent for Harper’s

The Army of the Potomac – A Sharp-Shooter on Picket Duty

Home, Sweet Home (c. 1863)



His most famous painting from the Civil War – Prisoners from the Front



Homer lived in and visited many places during his lifetime



These places were represented in his work



Here, a fisherman’s family awaits his return

Dad’s Coming (c. 1873)

Gloucester, Massachusetts • Homer became best known for his “Maritime Art” • He was wonderful at capturing the many moods of the sea; incorporating drama, suspense and danger

Breezing Up (A Fair Wind), 1873-1876



Homer suddenly starting painting with watercolors in 1873.  It had just became a “respectable” medium in the mid-1860’s  Home liked that he could produce and sell them quickly, making more money



Favorite subjects in both his oil and watercolors Solitary women, children, nature

The Sick Chicken (c. 1874)

• In his early work, Homer often painted rural scenes and farm life

The Milk Maid (c. 1878)

Fresh Eggs (c. 1874)

• Though he never married or had children of his own, Homer

loved painting them in outdoor settings



Snap the Whip (1872) was one of his most famous works



You will see one-room schoolhouses, like the one in this piece, in other Homer paintings



In 1881-82, Homer spent 20 months in the fishing village of Cullercoats, England, on the North Sea



He loved painting the women and children there.

Girl Carrying a Basket (1882)

Mending the Nets (1882) Sparrow Hall (c. 1881-2)

Incoming Tide (c. 1883)



In 1883, Homer moved permanently to Prouts Neck, Maine



He was a loner and enjoyed the isolation there  “Mind your own business” was his favorite phrase



He loved showing the forces of nature and violent storms at sea



Homer’s paintings often seem like they are telling a story – perhaps in part because of his background as a journalist

The Fog Warning (1885)

•Homer would visit tropical locations such as Bahamas, Florida, Cuba & Bermuda to escape harsh winters in Maine.

The Water Fan (c. 1898)

•Homer often left white parts of the canvas exposed to give a sense of the brilliant atmosphere

Salt Kettle, Bermuda (c. 1899)



Independent, a loner who never married or had children



Died in 1910 at his home in Prout’s Neck, Maine



Ranked as one of the world’s finest watercolorists



Considered one of the greatest American 19th Century artists



Best known for his paintings of the sea & his ability to show its many moods



Known for using the white of the paper for the lightest values “The Sun will not rise or set without my notice and thanks.” (Winslow Homer)

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