Netting the Fish

A work made of transparent watercolor, heightened with opaque white watercolor, with rewetting, blotting, and scraping, over graphite, on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper.
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  • A work made of transparent watercolor, heightened with opaque white watercolor, with rewetting, blotting, and scraping, over graphite, on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper.

Date:

1889

Artist:

Winslow Homer
American, 1836-1910

About this artwork

An avid angler and sportsman, Homer often depicted fishing and hunting scenes in his artwork. Many of his watercolors that explore these subjects were painted on frequent trips to the Adirondack Mountains. Netting the Fish is unusual in its focus on a gentleman sportsman. Young, well groomed, and neatly attired, the fisherman in this watercolor stands in contrast to the rustic guides featured in many of the artist’s other Adirondacks works. Homer’s fluid brushstrokes describe the smooth surface of the water, and his background washes evoke the wooded shoreline seen at a distance. Netting the Fish is one of Homer’s few grisaille, or monochrome, watercolors, painted as a study of values in preparation for the etching Fly Fishing, Saranac Lake.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Winslow Homer

Title

Netting the Fish

Origin

United States

Date

1889

Medium

Transparent watercolor, heightened with opaque white watercolor, with rewetting, blotting, and scraping, over graphite, on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper

Inscriptions

Signed recto, lower right, in pen and brown ink: "Winslow Homer 1890, Copyright 1889"

Dimensions

353 x 508 mm

Credit Line

Olivia Shaler Swan Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1933.526

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