A Tribute to Winslow Homer
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The Herring Net
"Homer painted the sea for the first time in history as it really
Crab Fishing, 1883
The life I have chosen gives me my full hours of enjoyment for
the balance of my life.
The Sun will not rise, or set, without my notice, and thanks.
- Winslow Homer,
A letter to his brother Charles
Once created, the wave or the arc of a wave begins its journey
through the sea. Countless vibrations precede it, countless vibrations
follow after. It approaches the continent, swings into the coast
line, courses ashore, breaks, dissolves, is gone.
The innermost water it last inhabited flow back in marbly foam
to become a body to another beat, and to be again flung down.
So it goes night and day , and will go till the secret heart of
earth strikes out its last slow beat and the last wave dissolves
upon the last forsaken shore.
Boy In a Boatyard, 1873
Breezing Up (A Fair Wind), 1876
Homer's early works had many curious parallels with that of the
French impressionists, but they were not the result of influence,
for impressionism had not yet been born in France. He was an independent
American pioneer of impressionism.
- Lloyd Goodrich,
"American Watercolor and Winslow Homer" 1944
The Fog Warning, 1885
Men who are accustomed to danger occupy a mental attitude towards
it that has no room for melodramatic pose. Simple, sober, the
unconscious hero of the picture turns to get the bearings of his
schooner as he bends to his oars with all the steadiness of a
man who has a long way to row and who must neither waste his strength
in spurts nor lose his head. Small amidst the waves of the Atlantic
looks his dory, far away seems the vessel, hard and cruel is the
complexion of the sea. . . .
-William Howe Downes,
"American Paintings in the Boston Art Museum,"
Brush and Pencil
Eight Bells, 1887
"I have had not master; and never shall have any"
Kissing The Moon, 1904
Oil on Canvas
Sometimes it is asked, "What might not Winslow Homer have done
if he had had a thorough art education at the beginning of his
career?" I fancy that those who ask this question do not know
what a great school Nature is when the pupil is a persistent searcher
for truth and has the strength of purpose that has enabled Mr.
Homer to find adequate forms of expression in his own way.
-William A Coffin,
Century Magazine, September 1899
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