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
Artist: Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine)Date: 1873Medium: Watercolor washes and gouache over graphite underdrawing on medium rough textured white wove paperAccession: 2001.608.1On view in:Not on view