Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer, at the National Gallery of Art, New York City, 1880 – photo by Napoleon Sarony

Winslow Homer was an American landscape painter and printmaker, best known for his marine subjects. He is considered one of the foremost painters in 19th-century America and a preeminent figure in American art. Largely self-taught, Homer began his career working as a commercial illustrator

Eagle Head, Manchester, Massachusetts (High Tide), Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine), Oil on canvas, American
Ths painting of three bathers on a Massachusetts beach

Following his experience as an illustrator during the Civil War, Homer turned his attention to lighter scenes of contemporary life, often focusing on fashionable young women. Ths painting of three bathers on ia Massachusetts beach was his most daring subject to date. Critics were less disturbed by its disquieting mood than by the fact that, as one observed, the figures were “exceedingly red-legged and ungainly.” As in much of Homer’s art, an air of mystery and melancholy imbues the scene, suggesting deeper meanings below the surface.

Eagle Head, Manchester, Massachusetts by Winslow Homer

Title: Eagle Head, Manchester, Massachusetts (High Tide)

Artist: Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine)

Date: 1870

Culture: American

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 26 x 38 in. (66 x 96.5 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. William F. Milton, 1923

Accession Number: 23.77.2

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