After the Hurricane, Bahamas

Watercolor, boat debris and dark skinned man lie on beach, dark sky in background.
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Date:

1899

Artist:

Winslow Homer
American, 1836-1910

About this artwork

Revered as America’s master of watercolor, Winslow Homer did not begin working in the medium until the mature age of thirty-seven. As a watercolorist, Homer adapted his practice to the diverse locales he visited. His sojourns in the tropics took him to the Bahamas, Bermuda, Cuba, and various locations in Florida. In each new environment, the self-taught artist pushed the flexible medium in new directions as he applied his increasingly sophisticated understanding of color and light to a new set of atmospheric conditions. This compelling watercolor was painted during Homer’s second trip to the Bahamas in the winter of 1898–99. Depicting a luckless man washed up on the beach, surrounded by fragments of his shattered craft, the work demonstrates the artist’s fascination with the rapid and dangerous weather changes of the region. Here sunlight glints through gradually thinning storm clouds. Homer employed thickly applied opaque red and yellow pigments for the seaweed tossed on the sand, creating a contrast with the thin washes and fluid brushstrokes that he used to render the receding waves.

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Artist

Winslow Homer

Title

After the Hurricane, Bahamas

Origin

United States

Date

1899

Medium

Transparent watercolor, with touches of opaque watercolor, rewetting, blotting and scraping, over graphite, on moderately thick, moderately textured (twill texture on verso), ivory wove paper

Inscriptions

Signed recto, lower left corner, in brush and black watercolor: "Homer 99" Inscribed verso, upper center, in graphite: "25 814"; upper center, in black chalk, crossed out in graphite: "10"; center, in graphite: "MK C.20782//oxx//After the Tornado//3 M.<. 1027-"; lower left corner, in graphite: "After the Tornado"

Dimensions

380 × 543 mm

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1933.1235

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