Maine Coast, Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine), Oil on canvas

Maine Coast

Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine)
Oil on canvas
30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of George A. Hearn, in memory of Arthur Hoppock Hearn, 1911
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 767
William Howe Downes, Homer’s first biographer, had firsthand knowledge of the coast at Prouts Neck, Maine. He described this canvas as follows: “The design is of a rigid simplicity. We are looking seaward from the cliffs at Prouts Neck on a day of storm. At our feet the dark ledges are streaming with milky retreating foam, and just beyond them a monster wave raises its huge bulk as it comes shoreward with an exuberant look of tremendous power. Still further out to sea, in the gray mist, loom the oncoming lines of wave upon wave, until the horizon loses itself in a far turmoil of dimly seen billows.”
Signature: [at lower right]: HOMER 1896
Thomas B. Clarke, New York, 1897–1899; sale, American Art Galleries, New York, 15 Feb. 1899, no. 168; F. A. Bell, New York, 1899–after 1900; George A. Hearn, New York, 1902–1911