Art for the Ages

Winslow Homer (1836-1910) American Painter

Winslow Homer was born in Boston in 1836. His mother was a talented watercolorist, his first teacher, and lifelong friend and confidant.

Homer was self-taught after following in his mother’s footsteps. He began his career as a commercial illustrator, then took up oil and watercolor painting. His New England upbringing shows prominently in his work, where marine subjects emerge as a consistent choice.

His personality, like his mother, tended toward being strong-willed, somewhat quiet, and with a dry sense-of-humor. His subjects often depicted stoicism in the face of overpowering natural events.

Winslow Homer is often regarded as one of America’s greatest painters of the nineteenth century.

We hope you enjoyed this brief look at some of the works of a great artist!

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