Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Watercolor—Winslow Homer & the Country Girl

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I will live by my watercolors.

Winslow Homer

The Milk Maid

Winslow Homer, The Milk Maid, 1878, watercolor over graphite on wove paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

During the summer of 1878, American master Winslow Homer (1836-1910) created a series of bucolic scenes inspired by his stay at Houghton Farm in New York state,  Although did he tend to romanticize life in the country?  For instance would The  Milk Maid above likely be wearing such a stylish pink dress  to trek up into the fields?  Yet, then again, she could be in danger; notice the bull looming just behind her.

Homer was also perfecting his skills as a watercolorist during this period, working in a medium that would become critical in his development as an artist.  Allowing him a greater range of expression, especially in the use of vibrant color and light, whether depicting rural landscapes, New England seascapes, or even the dense forests of the Adirondack Mountains.

The above image is used solely for educational purposes.


Take an excursion of discovery with another American artist Georgia O’Keeffe in Through an Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively.

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