Arts Everyday Living: A Week at the Sea—-Homer and the West Wind

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A WEEK AT THE SEA

HOMER & THE WEST WIND

 

It was a very familiar sight to see Winslow out on the rocks painting, and particularly after a big storm.  I remember one day in the early fall of 1891, when a strong wind was blowing, seeing him painting as I stood and watched the magnificent surf.

Mrs. Landredth O. King, friend of Winslow Homer

 

Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer, The West Wind, 1891, oil on canvas, Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts

 

Let’s start this Week at the Sea with Winslow Homer (1836-1910), the consummate artist of the infinite moods and movements of the ocean. The West Wind above is a haunting work done in the later years of his career, when he resided on the rocky coast of Prout’s Neck, near Portland, Maine.  From his studio, perched dramatically above the sea, Homer could sometimes observe 30 to 40 foot waves crashing on the nearby shore.

Click below to view one of his most famous paintings,

Winslow Homer: Back to School

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