Monday, March 30, 2009
A Hermit With A Brush
Born in Boston in 1836, by the time he was 50, Winslow Homer had become a recluse in Maine, living just steps from the Atlantic Ocean. He was known as the "hermit with a brush". As a young man, he said, "I have had no master and never shall have any".
During the Civil War, he had been sent to the front by Harper's Weekly to document camp life and battle scenes. After the war, he traveled to England and France, and eventually to Canada and the Caribbean, honing his skills, painting what was described as "the integrity of nature". He was an accomplished wood engraver, printmaker and oil painter, as well as watercolorist.
The painting above, "Kissing The Moon", was made in 1904. "Crab Fishing", below, was painted in 1883. Homer was truly one of the giants of 19th century realism.
Although he never formally taught painting, he counseled his fellow artists: "Look at nature, work independently, and solve your own problems".