Arts Everyday Living: Monet’s American Contemporary, Homer–A Comparison, Subject & Style

Winslow Homer, Girl Carrying a Basket, 1882, watercolor over graphite on wove paper, Gift of Ruth K. Henschel in memory of her husband Charles K. Henschel, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Title: Girl Carrying a Basket

Artist: Winslow Homer

The series on Monet will continue on Sunday.

French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840-1926) and American master Winslow Homer (1836-1910) were contemporaries, both inspired by a love of the sea.. You might want to compare Homer’s watercolor Girl Carrying a Basket with Monet’s The Cliff Walk at Pourville (see: blog #9, November 12, 2023) both done in 1882. For instance, while Monet’s subjects are vacationers, Homer focuses instead on a young girl who earns her living by working with the fishing community. Notice too the difference between their styles, Monet’s Impressionism and Homer’s basic realism.


Claude Monet, Cliff Walk at Pourville, 1882, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois









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