About this artwork
Created in 1880 during Homer’s second visit to Gloucester, Massachusetts, Two Boys Watching Schooners shows two boys perched on an enormous rock, a vantage point from which they could keep an eye on the comings and goings of the fishing fleet. In this work, the artist juxtaposed the figures and shore (rendered in warm tones) with the cool blue tones of the harbor, sky and schooner. In this way, he emphasized the psychological isolation of those who waited on shore, hoping and watching for the safe return of those who made their living from the sea.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Winslow Homer
- Two Boys Watching Schooners
- United States (Artist's nationality:)
- Watercolor, with graphite, on moderately thick, rough-textured, ivory wove paper
- Signed recto, lower left, in graphite: "Homer/1880"; on prow of boat, in watercolor: "HOMER" Inscribed verso, center, in graphite: "M.K.W.C. 1025//Marblehead"
- 22.7 × 34 cm (8 15/16 × 13 7/16 in.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection