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Watercolor on paper. Featuring a landscape scene. Signed HOMER on the lower left corner. Inscribed 97 in pencil, verso. Stamped Charles Egan NY, verso. Attributed to Winslow Homer (1836-1910, American). 20.2 x 28.9 cm (8 x 11.25 in). PROVENANCE: Southern Ontario estate

Winslow Homer (1836-1910) was one of the most celebrated American painters of the 19th century. With an exacting realism, the artist captured scenes of the Civil War, gardens in Bermuda, and harrowing scenes of fishermen at sea, as seen in his hallmark painting The Gulf Stream (1899). The great themes of his work are solidified by the meditative rigor of his printmaking, watercolor, and oil painting technique. “You can't get along without a knowledge of the principles and rules governing the influence of one color upon another,” Homer said of painting. “A mechanic might as well try to get along without tools.” Born on February 24, 1836 in Boston, MA, after graduating high school he apprenticed with the commercial lithographer J.H. Bufford. In 1857, the artist began working as a freelance illustrator, contributing to popular magazines, including Harper’s Weekly. Moving to New York in 1859, he supported himself with illustration work while he began to establish his career as a painter. In the 1880s, desiring solitude, he moved to Prout’s Neck, ME, basing his studio there for the rest of his life. Homer’s work, especially his watercolors, would go on to profoundly impact later American painters, including Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper. The artist died on September 29, 1910 in Prout’s Neck, ME. Today, his works are held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Musée d’Orsay, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


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Winslow Homer American Realist Watercolor on Paper

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