Homer, Winslow (1836-1910)

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Winslow Homer Winslow Homer (1836-1910) is widely regarded as the greatest American painter of the nineteenth-century. Like many American artists, Winslow Homer had strong New England roots. He was born in Boston, and at the age of six moved with his family to Cambridge. In 1858 his family moved to Belmont, and the following year Homer himself left for New York where he had his studio until 1880. However, he returned frequently to see his family and to exhibit his work. Homer spent several summers (including those of 1873 and 1880) in Gloucester. In 1883 he moved back to New England, settling for his last three decades in Prout´s Neck, Maine. After a trip to Paris in 1867, Homer, over the next ten years, produced a brilliant series of works celebrating old-fashioned rural values in a nation undergoing rapid change and urbanization. His subjects included children at play, young women seen working or at leisure and farmers seen working at the fields. Homer´s women were portrayed during summer vacations (riding horseback, playing croquet, or enjoy the shore) or at work gathering eggs, picking cotton, or teaching at school, while his rural boys and girls relax in the sunshine, practice courtship, or sail their boats. Whereagain the men are portrayed at their hard works on the fields. Without question, Homer´s late works are heroic and thought provoking, they portray both the beauty and the awesome power of nature, additionally they deal with the great questions of human meaning ...

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