Monday, June 8, 2015

Artist of the Week: Winslow Homer

 
Winslow Homer became one of the all-time leading figures in American art, known for his marine genre paintings and for his espousing of Realism, especially of American life. From the 1880s until his death in 1910, Winslow Homer's work was focused on issues of mortality and the forces of nature such as violent storms at sea. Winslow Homer was one of the most well known artists to come out of the Civil War.

Like all artists who work alone, Winslow Homer matured slowly, and as he matured, he lost interest in portrayals of the land and children. In 1883, Winslow Homer moved from New York to Maine where he set up a studio close to the wild and rocky coast and began his series of watercolors of the sea and its people, before finally losing interest in people altogether, and confining himself almost entirely to "the lonely sea and the sky." His watercolors are so powerful that it is difficult to believe that Homer was himself "a small, reserved gentleman, quiet and unostentatious." His view of nature was severe and, even in the scenes of tropical waters, brilliant in color, indicative of his belief that man himself is nothing in comparison to the vastness of the ocean

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