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Winslow Homer

Eastern Point Light, 1880

Watercolor over graphite on cream wove paper
9 7/10 × 13 2/5 in
24.6 × 34.1 cm
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Princeton University Art Museum
Princeton
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Gift of Alastair B. Martin, Class of 1938

Gift of Alastair B. Martin, Class of 1938

Winslow Homer
American, 1836–1910
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Winslow Homer is one of the best known painters of American scenes of outdoor life. After an apprenticeship in lithography, Homer began his career as an illustrator for Harper's, drawing scenes of the Civil War battlefront. After the war, he traveled to Europe and then spent the summer of 1873 in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he began to work in watercolor—what would eventually became his primary medium. Homer's outdoor genre scenes painted a varied picture of Americana, from scenes of wilderness guides, to rural African American life in the post-Civil War era, to children at play. In 1881, he spent almost two years on the English coast depicting simple scenes of the local communities. As his career evolved, Homer turned more and more to the sea, and a move to a secluded spot in coastal Maine prompted the eternal struggle between man and nature to become a prominent theme in his work.

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Gift of Alastair B. Martin, Class of 1938

Gift of Alastair B. Martin, Class of 1938

Winslow Homer
American, 1836–1910
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Winslow Homer is one of the best known painters of American scenes of outdoor life. After an apprenticeship in lithography, Homer began his career as an illustrator for Harper's, drawing scenes of the Civil War battlefront. After the war, he traveled to Europe and then spent the summer of 1873 in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he began to work in watercolor—what would eventually became his primary medium. Homer's outdoor genre scenes painted a varied picture of Americana, from scenes of wilderness guides, to rural African American life in the post-Civil War era, to children at play. In 1881, he spent almost two years on the English coast depicting simple scenes of the local communities. As his career evolved, Homer turned more and more to the sea, and a move to a secluded spot in coastal Maine prompted the eternal struggle between man and nature to become a prominent theme in his work.

Winslow Homer

Eastern Point Light, 1880

Watercolor over graphite on cream wove paper
9 7/10 × 13 2/5 in
24.6 × 34.1 cm
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