Arts Everyday Living: A Valentine from Winslow Homer? A Hidden Love?

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A VALENTINE FROM WINSLOW HOMER?

A HIDDEN LOVE?

 

 

 

There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.*

George Sand

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Winslow Homer, Portrait of a Lady, 1875, watercolor on paper, Private Collection

Winslow Homer, In the Garden, 1874, watercolor on paper, Private Collection

American master Winslow Homer (1836-1910) was very guarded about his private affairs, yet Portrait of a Lady and In the Garden perhaps reveal a possible romantic interest.  In contrast, French novelist George Sand (1804-1876) expressed her passions openly, both in writing and relationships with a number of literary figures as well as composer Frederic Chopin.

*The source of Sand’s quote is not known.

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