By Randall C Griffin
Like the poems of Walt Whitman, the pictures of Georgia O'Keeffe, the novels of F Scott Fitzgerald and the music of Duke Ellington, the works of Winslow Homer (1836-1910) have helped to shape a nation's view of itself. One of the most important American painters of the late nineteenth century, Homer first came to prominence through his depictions of the American Civil war, and his later scenes of rural youth, Adirondack hunters, and north-Atlantic fishermen have since become iconic American images. His prolific output, which embraces a wide range of styles and themes, is characterized by an uncompromising realism and strong sense of graphic design, a legacy of his early years as a magazine illustrator.
This book is a comprehensive critical survey of the artist's work and includes every one of his major paintings alongside a remarkable selection of his lesser-known etchings and woodcuts. Griffin's thoroughly researched, yet very readable study not only presents a full account of Homer's life and work, but also a fresh and provocative reassessment of his place in the history of American Art.
Paperback, 240 pages
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