Winslow Homer: Information and Facts
Biography of Winslow Homer
One of the most influential American artists of the 19th century was Winslow Homer. This Boston Massachusetts born soon to be American master artist, was educated in the artistic field, with lessons from famed Boston lithographer, John H. Buford. Winslow Homer was so fortunate, he also was able to receive a few lessons in oil painting and sketch drawing from the great Frederick Rondel. Following this apprenticeship, Winslow Homer tried his hand at freelance illustration, for magazines as influential as Harper’s Weekly. This magazine was the leader in all things newsworthy and illustration wise as well. Any illustrator that was employed by Harper’s Weekly was seen as top artists, by proxy. What the public was soon to be made well where all of, was that Winslow Homer, needed no commercial entity, to leave his mark on American artistic endowment.
Winslow Homer started his career as a painter and illustrator, with Harper’s Weekly, and one of his first jobs was bring in the words to life for one of the bloodiest time in American history, the Civil War. Homer illustrated the severity and the brutality of the Civil War and brought that point home to many in Massachusetts and the majority of the other states in the Union. A change of events, which in actuality was a change in travel plans, sent Homer to Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1873. It was here that he began to paint in watercolor and thus began the route to one of America’s most treasured watercolor artist.
Winslow Homer's Rowing Home
Winslow Homer’s ‘Rowing Home’ painting is a fine and masterful accompaniment to his entire body, of natural inspiration by American art. ‘Rowing Home’ depicts two sailors and a small vessel, heading home after either a long day fishing or just checking lines and a mildly volatile ocean setting. These types of watery pictures were what set Homer apart from many of the other fine American illustration-painters, of his time. No one could match the impressive array of genuinely spectacular rays of light that Homer could while also instilling a degree of reality as if the paintings were pictures. That was what Homer was paid for by Harper’s Weekly for so many years of his life, illustrate the natural world, the Civil War, and anything else of interest, to the American people, through his artistic ability.
‘Rowing Home’ shows how Winslow Homer utilizes the effect of the colors, gold and red, to bring out the dramatic effect of the sea at sundown. The dropping red sun signifies that time is short for the sailors to get home, and rowing the boat, is the task at hand. One could almost feel the peacefulness of the sea yet also there is a hint of speculation and possibly even fear, that the shipmates may not make it in, before the sun sets, and the seas pick up. Winslow Homer is known as one of the most beloved illustrators of the 19th century and has been heralded, as the reason why, so many Americans, were able to see what was going on, not only in the country, but naturally, all around them. Winslow Homer is thought of as the illustrator for all of the 19th century, and his works of art, bear testament to this love of nature, and this admiration, of the people of America.
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