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.
Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Winslow Homer
- The Return, Tynemouth (recto) Study (verso)
- United States
- 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)
- Signed recto, lower right, in black watercolor: "Homer/1881" Inscribed verso, center, in graphite: "M.K.W.C. 1009-//The Return, Tynemouth"
- 342 × 343 mm
- Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection