Waves battering the weathered rocks on a shore, carefree sailors on open waters: Winslow Homer's evocative seascapes are among the most distinctive and powerful in American art. Rather than following the trends of impressionism that dominated his generation, Homer forged his own path to modernity, developing a distinctly original style that sets him apart from contemporaries. Nowhere is this more evident than in his seascapes, where abstractions and dynamic expression battle the pictorial realism for which he is best known. Organized by geographic location, this book reveals Homer's keen ability to capture the quintessence of nature, from the raw coast of Maine to the balmy shores of the Caribbean, through his remarkable capacity to adapt materials and techniques to the locale. The works assembled simultaneously capture the unique landscape of their geographic settings, issues of pictorial representation in general, and the universality of man's relationship to the sea.
Through a series of incisive essays by distinguished European and American scholars, Winslow Homer: Poet of the Sea offers a fresh exploration of the American master and his life-long preoccupation with the sea.
Paperback, 152 pages
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