Winslow Homer: Master of the Seas

My visit to the Met last week brought me into contact with Winslow Homer’s work, and in particular his seascapes. Three of them were incredible to view, due to the nature of the brushwork.

Cannon Rock:

Northeaster:

Winslow Homer – Metropolitan Museum of Art

It was interesting to read that Homer went to Paris in 1866, and although he was not directly influenced by the avant-garde movement at that time, by the 1890s, you get a real sense that painting in the elements and wishing to put onto canvas the sheer power of the sea was very much in common with the modernist movement:

By about 1890, however, Homer left narrative behind to concentrate on the beauty, force, and drama of the sea itself. In their dynamic compositions and richly textured passages, his late seascapes capture the look and feel (and even suggest the sound) of masses of onrushing and receding water.

Main Coast certainly embodies this description from the Met:

For more information, this is a really detailed essay on Homer:

Was Winslow Homer the greatest American Painter?

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