The Lone Boat, North Woods Club, Adirondacks

A work made of watercolor, with rewetting, blotting, and scraping, over traces of graphite, on thick, rough-textured, ivory wove paper.
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  • A work made of watercolor, with rewetting, blotting, and scraping, over traces of graphite, on thick, rough-textured, ivory wove paper.

Date:

1892

Artist:

Winslow Homer
American, 1836-1910

About this artwork

The Lone Boat, North Woods Club, Adirondacks speaks powerfully of the fisherman’s communion with nature. The medium of watercolor offered the perfect metaphor as well as technical means to express this relationship; its very wetness allows the forms of man and nature to run together, absorbed by the hazy atmosphere. In The Lone Boat, Homer constructed a nearly abstract composition along a strong horizon line, with the trees on the shore and their reflections in the water forming a symmetrical design. The effect is similar to that achieved when a still-wet sheet is folded at the center and blotted.

Homer painted the sky using multiple hues and a complex array of techniques, including resist, blotting, scraping, and wet-into-wet brushwork. The resulting textures and contrasts create a strong sense of movement, of clouds accumulating and dispersing while light shifts and changes across their forms.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Winslow Homer

Title

The Lone Boat, North Woods Club, Adirondacks

Origin

United States

Date

1892

Medium

Watercolor, with rewetting, blotting, and scraping, over traces of graphite, on thick, rough-textured, ivory wove paper

Inscriptions

Signed recto, lower right, in pen and black ink: "Winslow Homer/1892" Inscribed verso, center: "M.K.W.C. 1017-//Evening, Adirondacks"

Dimensions

385 x 544 mm

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1933.1242

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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