Arts Everyday Living: Winslow Homer—Love in the Moonlight

I’m reposting a blog from six years ago, while I’m away. And remember to click on the work of art to enlarge it.


Winslow Homer, Moonlight, 1874, watercolor and gouache on paper, Arkell Museum, Canajoharie, NY



YOU LEFT ME by Emily Dickinson

You left me – Sire – two Legacies –

A Legacy of Love

A Heavenly Father would suffice

Had the offer of –

You left me Boundaries of Pain –

Capacious as the Sea –

Between Eternity & Time –

Your Consciousness – and me –


Winslow Homer’s Moonlight could be a portrait of the artist and his unrequited love, Helena de Kay, who married another man in 1876. However, the romance is mainly speculation.  During the 1870s, Homer often used what seemed the same model in a number of his works, referred to sometimes as the “mystery woman.”

Homer (1836-1910) and poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) were both New Englanders and contemporaries.

You’ll discover more about Winslow Homer and other American visions in Through an Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively!





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