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Coast of Maine

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910)

About this artwork

Winslow Homer observed the shoreline in various weather conditions and seasons after moving to live in near isolation in Prouts Neck, Maine, in 1883. Amid the remote and dramatic landscape, he depicted seascapes void of human life, focusing instead on an emotional response to nature. His marine scenes are larger than his earlier works, the size of the canvases emphasize the vastness and power of the sea. Homer alluded to the violence of water through the sharply diagonal shoreline and vigorous brushwork. The flat areas of color that he employed to represent the rugged rocks simultaneously hint at abstraction.


On View, Gallery 171


Arts of the Americas


Winslow Homer


Coast of Maine


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Signed, lower left: "Homer 93"


61 × 76.2 cm (24 × 30 in.)

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Arthur Jerome Eddy Memorial Collection

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