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Winslow Homer an American with a spontaneous style

Winslow Homer

Self-taught American painter, lover of travel and marine landscapes. He wants to represent on the canvas the solitude of man surrounded by an impassive nature.

All his works are characterized by characters reproduced with simple shapes and contours defined in a marked contrast of lights and shadows.

He began as an illustrator, then, during the war of American secession and in the following years made the first oil paintings reproducing battle scenes, episodes of war and moments of military life.

In 1867 he stayed in Paris for several months and knew the art of the French Impressionists with whom he had many similarities, even if Homer was never directly influenced.

A few years later he experimented with watercolour painting, an art that for him became perhaps more important than oil painting.

It was the marine landscapes that characterized the last artistic period.
First with images of the English coast, where he moved for two years from 1881, then the coast of Maine in the United States and then the Caribbean resorts mainly Cuba and the Bahamas

Most of the works of this period are watercolours that depict man's struggle against the forces of nature or enchanting and evocative landscapes of the marine environment.

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A wall, Nassau

The original work is dated 1898 and is kept at the MET Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA. The author is initially self-taught and learns...

Shore and surf

The original work is dated 1899 and is conserved at the MET Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA. Homer Winslow is a great traveller and...