Arts Everyday Living: Escape from Winter with Winslow Homer—Welcome to the Bahamas

Winslow Homer, West India Divers, 1899, watercolor, scraping, and chalk, Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas

 

American icon Winslow Homer (1836-1910) may have resided in Maine most of the year, but he often spent at least part of the winter in the warmth and sunshine of the Caribbean, particularly during the last years of his career.  In the brilliant watercolors West India Divers and The Sponge Diver he focused on the local natives of the Bahamas, renowned for their diving skills, whether retrieving sea shells or sponges, from the sometimes dangerous depths of the ocean.

 

Winslow Homer, The Sponge Diver, 1898-1899, watercolor over graphite pencil on paper, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

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