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Northeaster

Artist:
Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine)
Date:
1895; reworked by 1901
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
34 1/2 x 50 in. (87.6 x 127 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of George A. Hearn, 1910
Accession Number:
10.64.5
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 767
On the Maine coast, a “nor’easter” is a storm of exceptional violence and duration. When Homer first showed this canvas in 1895, it included two men in foul-weather gear crouching on the rocks below a smaller column of spray. Even though the painting was well received and purchased by a leading collector of American art—George Hearn, who later donated it to the Metropolitan Museum—Homer reworked it to powerful effect.
Signature: [at lower center]: HOMER / 1895
with M. Knoedler and Company, New York, 1895; with Thomas B. Clarke, New York, 1895–1896; the artist, Prouts Neck, Maine; with M. Knoedler and Company, New York, 1900; George A. Hearn, New York, 1901–1910
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