About this artwork
The painter and watercolorist Winslow Homer observed the shoreline of Prouts Neck, Maine, in various weather conditions and seasons after moving there to live in near isolation. While early in his career he had been concerned with figurative art, likely as a result of his work as an illustrator for Harper’s Weekly, in Prouts Neck he depicted seascapes void of human life, focusing instead on an emotional approach to nature. His seascapes are larger than his earlier works, the size of the canvases emphasizing the vastness, power, and suspenseful quality of the sea. Homer suggested the violence of water through the sharply diagonal shoreline and vigorous brushwork, the flat areas of color hinting at the abstraction that would emerge in the early 20th century.
- Winslow Homer
- Coast of Maine
- United States
- Oil on canvas
- Signed, lower left: "Homer 93"
- 61 × 76.2 cm (24 × 30 in.)
- Arthur Jerome Eddy Memorial Collection