Winslow Homer, Part 1 (1 hour)
Homer’s career began as a freelance illustrator. In 1861 he was dispatched by Harper’s Weekly to the front as an artist-correspondent during the Civil War. He focused not so much on battles, but rather on camp life. Some of his work was highly regarded, such as “Prisoners from the Front”. After the war, he concentrated on scenes of leisure, featuring women and youngsters. He visited Gloucester, MA, where he worked on his water color technique in addition to oils. His “Breezing Up”, exhibited in 1876, caused a stir. At about this time he gave up illustration, his principal source of income.
Homer’s paintings of women show a detached
but admiring interest. He fell in love
with at least one of his models, but she married someone else. Possibly as a result of this heartbreak, he
visited a fishing
village on the coast of England, where he stayed for 18 months. There he captured scenes of the fishermen’s struggles with the sea. The women were portrayed as plain and purposeful, as opposed to the post-war pampered creatures in his past. The program ends with music accompanying some Adirondack scenes he was to paint on his return.
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