Winslow Homer and the Sea

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Without question one of America's greatest artists, Homer was captured by the spell of the sea and devoted much of his life to a study of the ocean and the people whose lives were intertwined with it. Throughout his career, Homer made his way from one coast to another - from Gloucester to northern England, to Florida and the Bahamas. He built his permanent home and studio at Prout's Neck, Maine, where he created marine paintings that stand among his most magnificent works.

This book is the first to focus on the full range of Homer's coastal subjects, which began with the seashore vignettes drawn at the start of his career for the illustrated journals of the day, and ended with the powerful Maine seascapes and luminous Caribbean watercolors. Here are thirty-three color reproductions of Homer's most powerful works, from romantic scenes of figures on the beach to his depictions of the fury and terror of coastal storms.

Carl Little's essay discusses Homer's self-taught development as a painter, from lithographer's apprentice to accomplished illustrator to master of marine painting. He also discusses Homer's profound influence on such American artists as Robert Henri, Rockwell Kent, George Bellows, Edward Hopper and the Wyeths. The color plates are accompanied by quotations from writers such as Homer scholar Philip C. Beam and poets Wilbert Snow and Gerard Manley Hopkins, adding a further dimension to this exceptional exploration of the artist and the sea that he loved.

•  Softcover, 74 pages, 33 color plates.
•  10 x 0.3 x 8 inches