Thursday, February 24, 2022

Feb. 24: Winslow Homer, American painter


Winslow Homer (1836-1910) was an American landscape painter best known for sailboats and such. Born in the seaport town of Boston, his mother was his first art teacher. His father, always trying to get ahead, left for the California Gold Rush when Winslow was 13. For 20 years he worked as an illustrator, mostly freelance, and illustrated battle and home-front scenes of the Civil War, often on assignment. Post-war he painted more, until in 1875 he gave up illustration altogether. Rural scenes (Snap the Whip) and the everyday lives of African Americans (A Visit from the Old Mistress) were common subjects, in addition to the maritime scenes for which he is known (Breezing Up; Eight Bells).


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