Inside the Bar

Winslow Homer American

Not on view

On large sheets of paper such as the one used for this work—produced on his return to the United States but depicting a North Sea fisherwoman—Homer perfected traditional English watercolor techniques, laying out compositions with broad, overlapping washes of color. Critically praised when it was exhibited in New York, Inside the Bar is seen as a benchmark of the ambitious turn in Homer’s art, foregrounding heroicized figures engaged in dramatic action. Viewers were particularly taken with the power of the woman, positioned between two boats bearing men: “This woman is not made of the stuff that is swept away. . . . She is transformed by the terrible beauty of the time and place; her stride is magnificent; she is part of the storm itself."

#4361. Winslow Homer: Crosscurrents. Inside the Bar

Inside the Bar, Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine), Watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper, American

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