Winslow Homer (1836-1910) was a talented American Painter who is best known for his landscape and seascape imagery done in watercolors. We've assembled 27 of his most recognized paintings into a picturesque SegPlayPC collection. You find many of his Maine sea paintings, along with a Cuban street corner, a wall in Nassau, a hurricane in the Bahamas, and several Adirondack scenes. The set also includes his better known Snap the Whip, Sailing the Catboat, Croquet Players, and The Fox Hunt paintings.

Patterns Included In This Set:

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Rowing Home

Sunlight on the Coast

After the Hurricane

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Gulf Stream

Breezing Up

West Point - Prout's Neck

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Croquet Players

Sailing the Catboat

Northeaster

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Snap the Whip

The Woodcutter

The Fox Hunt

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Fisherwomen

Right and Left

Cape Trinity

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The Turtle Pond

Mending the Nets

Street Corner Santiago de Cuba

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Summer Night

The End of the Hunt

Hunter in the Adirondacks

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The Adirondack Guide

Canoe in the Rapids

A Wall - Nassau

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Hurricane - Bahamas

On a Lee Shore

Home Sweet Home

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Winslow Homer (February 24, 1836 - September 29, 1910) is considered to be one of 19th century Americaís greatest artists, capturing the American spirit with a freshness and vitality that no other artist had done before him. He was a man of many talents, fascinated by the ocean and the great outdoors, and was one of the first American artists of his generation to work seriously in watercolor.

Homer was born in Boston, Massachusetts and, when he was 19, was apprenticed to a commercial lithographer. Despite having almost no formal training in art, Homer moved to New York in 1859 and opened his own studio as a painter and illustrator. He took art classes and was a regular freelance illustrator for Harperís Weekly and other important magazines of the day. They would be his major source of income for the next 17 years.

When the Civil War erupted in 1861, Harper's sent him to the front lines to document the fighting. He made faithful sketches of the battle scenes and ordinary life in the camps. Although these did not get Homer much artistic recognition at the time the drawings, with their strong draftsmanship and realism, are today considered to be among the best of Americaís graphic arts.

After the war, Homer produced a series of paintings influenced by scenes he had witnessed, among them Sharpshooter on Picket Duty, and Prisoners from the Front, which was exhibited at the Paris Exposition of 1866. In the same year he traveled to Paris and stayed there for ten months.

Ten years after the end of the Civil War, Winslow Homer was in his mid-40s and an acclaimed painter and illustrator. Snap the Whip, painted in 1872, was exhibited at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and, in the same year, he decided to abandon illustration and devote himself to painting. But perhaps the most significant development in Homerís artistic career came with his adoption of watercolors. He is quoted as saying "You will see, in the future I will live by my watercolors" and, indeed, the success he achieved with these fresh and spontaneous works permitted him to stop working as an illustrator.

At this time, Home never went anywhere without brushes, paper and his pans of watercolors. He started depicting the coast of New England, the Adirondacks, the wild rivers of Quebec, the Florida Keys and the whitewashed walls of Bermuda.

In 1881 Homer returned to Europe and spent the next two years in Cullercoats, a small fishing village on the stormy North Sea coast of England. His subject matter was the sea and the courageous inhabitants of the small struggling community. The watercolors he produced of the village women going about their daily lives or waiting for their menfolk to return from a fishing expedition are some of the most powerful images produced by the artist.

Back in the U.S. he went to live in Prout's Neck, Maine where he built a studio on the rocky sea shore that was to be his home until he died. Winslow Homer lived there alone, isolated and free to devote himself to his art. It is at this time that he began painting the seascapes for which he is best known such as Gulf Stream, Eight Bells, and Mending the Nets. His paintings underwent a fundamental change. He was now concentrating on the force, drama, and wild beauty of the ocean. His style was powerful and self-confident. Homer never spoke about the reasons for this self-imposed seclusion; itís thought that perhaps an unhappy love affair might have been the cause.

Winslow Homer died on September 29, 1910 in his studio at Proutís Neck. He was 74 years old. His painting, Shoot the Rapids, remained unfinished.

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