Two Boys Watching Schooners

A work made of watercolor, with graphite, on moderately thick, rough-textured, ivory wove paper.
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  • A work made of watercolor, with graphite, on moderately thick, rough-textured, ivory wove paper.

Date:

1880

Artist:

Winslow Homer
American, 1836-1910

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.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Winslow Homer

Title

Two Boys Watching Schooners

Origin

United States

Date

1880

Medium

Watercolor, with graphite, on moderately thick, rough-textured, ivory wove paper

Inscriptions

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"

Dimensions

227 x 340 mm

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1933.1244

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