Winslow Homer: Masters of Paint

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“When you paint, try to put down exactly what you see. Whatever else you have to offer will come out anyway” (Hodge 126). Quoted by the master American realism artist, Winslow Homer was skilled in the art of realism. He painted only what he observed from nature and his surroundings. Homer’s styles, mediums and subjects helped him create the artwork that he was so famous for. Probably his most famous painting, The Snap of the Whip is painted by Homer with incredible realism and accomplishment. As seen through his many landscapes, Winslow Homer enjoyed painting and studying the glorious nature that surrounded him all throughout his lifetime. s The famous American realist, Winslow Homer, lived from 1836-1910, was born in Boston. The only art lessons he acquired were from his mother who was a watercolorist. Soon after being apprenticed to a lithographer at age 19, Homer moved to New York and started working as a magazine illustrator for Harper’s Weekly. There he started painting landscapes without format training. As the Civil war rose up Homer was commissioned by Harper’s Weekly to paint depictions the camp life (Strickland 85), and “his powerful record of the horrors of the war” (Hodge 127). When he traveled to Paris, Winslow Homer studied the paintings and art form of artists such as Millet, Manet and Courbet. In 1875 Homer left his illustrating job and started to paint for himself but struggled financially. After living two years in an English fishing village in Northumberland, Homer moved back to the Maine coast of the United States in 1882 (Hodge 127). There he painted some of his more famous paintings such as “The Gulf Stream” and “The Life Line,” showing man-against-elements (Strickland 85). Regarded as the greatest American ... ... middle of paper ... ...onclusion, it can be drawn from the life of Winslow Homer that he was a proficient realism artist, who’s work comparatively, was rivaled to many other famous painters. Similar to every artist, Winslow Homer utilized his own specific set of styles and mediums to be able to create the lasting effect of the subjects of his artwork. Homer’s completion of The Snap of the Whip in 1872 was a perfect example of American Realism at its finest. Works Cited Hodge, Susie. The Great Artists and Their Most Important Works. London: Quercus publishing, 2010. Strickland, Carol. The Annotated Mona Lisa. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2007. Winslow Homer." Encyclopedia of World Biography. 2004. Encyclopedia.com. 30 Nov. 2013http://www.encyclopedia.com Winslow Homer. Winslow Homer paintings, quotes and biography, 30 Nov. 2013http://www.winslowhomer.org/snap-the-whip.jsp.

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