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About Winslow Homer - American Artist

Updated on September 20, 2014
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An Introduction to Winslow Homer 1836-1910

Find out about the famous American painter Winslow Homer.

This site shares information about the paintings and artwork of Winslow Homer, including:

  • museums and art galleries and exhibitions where you can see his work
  • books and articles about his artwork and
  • other resources for artists wanting to improve their knowledge about he worked

Winslow Homer, photograph c.1880
Winslow Homer, photograph c.1880 | Source

Winslow Homer - Biographical Note & Timeline

1836: Winslow Homer was born in Boston, Massachusetts.

He was raised in Cambridge, where he developed a love of art and the outdoors. At the age of 19 he began his career as an illustrator, apprenticing at the J.H. Bufford lithographic firm in Boston. He then decided to become a freelance illustrator.

1859: Homer moved to New York to work for Harper's Weekly, serving as artist-correspondent for the magazine during the Civil War.

After taking some art classes at the National Academy of Design, he decided to focus on oil painting. He quickly gained international recognition as a painter, and in

1866: first trip to Europe.

1873: he decided to work in watercolor and found great success in his experimentation with light and color in this medium.

In the mid-1880s: Homer moved permanently to Prout's Neck, Maine, an isolated area where he built a studio and focused his paintings on man's struggle with nature.

Also during the 1880s he worked on a series of etchings based on his paintings.

Homer continued to paint for the next twenty years, vacationing summers in places such as the Adirondacks and the Bahamas to capture varied landscapes, until his death in 1910.

Winslow Homer - Biographical references

In terms of painting, the primary medium used by Winslow Homer's was oil painting.

However Homer also did commercial illustration and chronicled the New York City social scene in order to make a living.

He subsequently developed the use of watercolour paints for his artwork.

Once he settled in Prout's Neck in New England he turned to the portrayal of the sea.

Winslow Homer: An American Vision
Winslow Homer: An American Vision

Hardcover: 240 pagesPublisher: Phaidon Press (July 1, 2006)

 

Winslow Homer: An American Vision

Rated: 5.0 out of 5 stars (2 customer reviews)

The First Major Critical Survey on the Artist in a Decade - Includes All Major Paintings. This is the first major critical survey on the life and work of Homer, one of America's best-loved artists, in the last decade.The book features every one of his major paintings alongside a remarkable selection of his lesser-known etchings and woodcuts.

"The book reproduces all the major paintings as well as sketches and other work, and provides a useful overview of Homer's career."

The New York Times Book Review

Author: Randall C. Griffin, Associate Professor and Chair, Division of Art History, Southern Methodist University, Dallas,

a tour of Winslow Homer's studio on Prout's Neck, Me.

Winslow Homer's Studio at Prout's Neck

Homer's Studio at Prout Neck was acquired by the Portland Museum of Art who then removated it.

It now opens for tours for small groups

Winslow Homer: The Nature of Observation
Winslow Homer: The Nature of Observation

Hardcover: 256 pages

Publisher: University of California Press

(November 4, 2002)

 

BOOK: Winslow Homer: The Nature of Observation - by Elizabeth Johns

Johns examines and analyses the life his life and work of Winslow Homer from the perspective of developmental psychology. She reviews the artist's correspondence and his entire body of work--illustrations for wood engravings, watercolors, and oils. The book includes 75 black and white illustrations and 40 color plates

Sunlight on the Coast by Winslow Homer
Sunlight on the Coast by Winslow Homer | Source

Winslow Homer in Art Galleries and Museums

Below you can find listings of where you can see the work of Winslow Homer in art galleries and museums.

The websites are also worth visiting and they often include many reproductions of his work online together with information about the artist

Watercolors by Winslow Homer: The Color of Light (Art Institute of Chicago)
Watercolors by Winslow Homer: The Color of Light (Art Institute of Chicago)

Hardcover: 228 pages

Publisher: Art Institute of Chicago

(February 26, 2008)

 

Watercolors by Winslow Homer: The Color of Light

Rated: Amazon reviews: 5.0 out of 5 stars (14 customer reviews)

Homer was particularly renowned for his use of watercolour and his use of the medium created some of the most striking paintings in the history of watercolour.

This book reviews Homer's technical and artistic practice as a watercolorist. It includes over one hundred watercolors - including twenty-five rarely seen examples from the Art Institute of Chicago's collection - plus more than thirty related drawings and paintings. It also looks at the experiences that shaped his remarkable development

Authors: (Art Institute of Chicago) - by Martha Tedeschi, Kristi Dahm, Judith Walsh, Karen Huang

Winslow Homer Watercolors
Winslow Homer Watercolors

Hardcover: 300 pages

Publisher: Yale Univ Pr; 1ST edition

(March 1986)

 

Winslow Homer Watercolors - by Helen A Cooper

This book traces the development of Homer as a watercolorist, shows a selection of his landscapes, seascapes, and portraits, and discusses his distinctive style and techniques

Amazon reviews: 4.3 out of 5 stars (11 customer reviews)

The Watercolors of Winslow Homer

Over 140 of the 700 or so surviving watercolours of Winslow Homer - dating from the 1870s to the turn of the century - are reproduced in this book

Amazon reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars (9 customer reviews) | Like (3)

The Watercolors of Winslow Homer
The Watercolors of Winslow Homer

Hardcover: 224 pages

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company;

First Edition(October 17, 2001)

 
Winslow Homer Watercolors (Watson-Guptill Famous Artists)
Winslow Homer Watercolors (Watson-Guptill Famous Artists)

Paperback: 88 pagesPublisher: Watson-Guptill Publications (September 1976)

 

BOOK: Winslow Homer Watercolors (Watson-Guptill Famous Artists)

Amazon reviews: 4.7 out of 5 stars (3 customer reviews)

Donelson F. Hoopes devotes a beautiful volume exclusively to the most popular of all American watercolorists. Published in cooperation with The Brooklyn Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the book includes virtually the entire Winslow Homer collection of both museums.

Frederic Church, Winslow Homer, and Thomas Moran: Tourism and the American Landscape
Frederic Church, Winslow Homer, and Thomas Moran: Tourism and the American Landscape

Hardcover: 192 pagesPublisher: Bulfinch; 1ST edition (May 17, 2006)

 

BOOK: Frederic Church, Winslow Homer, and Thomas Moran: Tourism and the American Landscape

The companion book to the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum's exhibition of the same name of America's scenic wonders captured by three of the greatest artists of the 19th century.

VIDEOS: Winslow Homer on You Tube

BOOK: Drawings of Winslow Homer (Master Draughtsman Series)

Drawings of Winslow Homer (Master Draughtsman Series)
Drawings of Winslow Homer (Master Draughtsman Series)

PaperbackPublisher: Borden Publishing Company (December 1, 1970)

 

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      Katherine Tyrrell 4 years ago from London

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can you tell me something about the etching: "Fly Fishing"?

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      cr00059n 5 years ago

      What a nice article type. This is nicely written as well. Thanks!

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