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.

Date:

1893

Artist:

Winslow Homer
American, 1836–1910

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.

On View

American Art, Gallery 171

Artist

Winslow Homer

Title

Coast of Maine

Origin

United States

Date

1893

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower left: "Homer 93"

Dimensions

61 × 76.2 cm (24 × 30 in.)

Credit Line

Arthur Jerome Eddy Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1931.505

Extended information about this artwork

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