Overview: Homer's Depiction of the Sea
Quick facts about the artist and this watercolor scene.
CD: With Open Eyes
Art Institute of Chicago. With Open Eyes: Images from The Art Institute of Chicago. CD-ROM. New York: Voyager, 1994.
Homer’s goal was to capture the many moods of the sea, and the special light and color of very different places. While his paintings of the Maine coast are often somber and cool in tone, his watercolors, like this one of scenes around the Bahamas islands east of Florida, are full of brilliant color. Here Homer shows a young man adrift in a small boat on a turquoise sea, harvesting coral in his bucket. The title of the work comes from the large, fan-like piece of coral in the boat behind the fisherman.