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The Return, Tynemouth (recto) Study (verso)

A work made of transparent watercolor, with touches of opaque watercolor, rewetting, blotting, and scraping, heightened with gum glaze, over graphite, on moderately thick, moderately-textured, ivory wove paper (left and lower edges trimmed).
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  • A work made of transparent watercolor, with touches of opaque watercolor, rewetting, blotting, and scraping, heightened with gum glaze, over graphite, on moderately thick, moderately-textured, ivory wove paper (left and lower edges trimmed).

Date:

1881

Artist:

Winslow Homer
American, 1836-1910

About this artwork

During Homer’s sojourn in England from 1881 to 1882, he rented a studio on a cliff overlooking Cullercoats Harbor, where he observed the comings and goings of fishing boats. The Return, Tynemouth depicts two fishermen who have arrived on shore in early morning. Because this watercolor was painted with light-fast pigments, it retains the pale, orange-pink washes that have faded from many of the extant watercolors he painted with fugitive red pigments; for this reason, it offers a more complete idea of his developing powers in decorative color. Homer’s study of the British Library’s drawings by Michelangelo and Raphael during this 1881-82 trip to England may have improved his skill for rendering figures in motion, which are emphasized here by the artist’s graphite underdrawing.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Winslow Homer

Title

The Return, Tynemouth (recto) Study (verso)

Place

United States (Artist's nationality:)

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1881

Medium

Transparent watercolor, with touches of opaque watercolor, rewetting, blotting, and scraping, heightened with gum glaze, over graphite, on moderately thick, moderately-textured, ivory wove paper (left and lower edges trimmed)

Inscriptions

Signed recto, lower right, in black watercolor: "Homer/1881" Inscribed verso, center, in graphite: "M.K.W.C. 1009-//The Return, Tynemouth"

Dimensions

34.2 × 34.3 cm (13 1/2 × 13 9/16 in.)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1933.1251

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