Meet the Masters
FOG WARNING MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
19th Century American Date: 1885 Size: 30” x 48” Medium: Watercolor
ARTIST - Winslow Homer lived in America all his life. When he was six, he moved from the city life of Boston to the country. He developed a love for the outdoors which we see in his art.
Homer was a great story teller. He began his art career as an illustrator. His work appeared in a popular magazine of that time, "Harper's Weekly." In the middle of his successful career as an illustrator, he took up painting.
Homer was a polite and independent man. He learned to paint on his own. Homer was interested in painting the 'real' America. There were no photographers at that time so people had to paint and draw pictures of what happened around them. He trusted only his own eyes - not those of other artists - to capture the people and the landscapes.
His pictures were so realistic that he became famous. He felt he had to be alone to work well. He moved to a quiet spot overlooking the ocean in Maine.
PRINT - Homer's watercolor painting of the fisherman looking over his shoulder at the approaching storm is a good example of his dramatic story-telling ability. You can almost feel the anxiety of the fisherman as he looks at the approaching fog. Delicate coloring and dramatic use of highlights add to the mood of this painting. He added drama by using broad fluid brush strokes and restricting his pallet to only a few colors. You can almost hear the fisherman wondering to himself, "Will I make it to shore, in time?"
PORTFOLIO E PAIRED WITH:
WYETH CHRISTINA'S WORLD