Winslow Homer American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 767

Later in life, Homer increasingly edited his paintings, clarifying his compositions and their meanings. In 1895, when he first exhibited this epic scene of a winter storm at Prouts Neck, it included two figures crouching on the rocks in the lower left corner. Between 1896 and 1900, the artist eliminated the human presence and intensified the spray from the crashing waves. When the refined painting was exhibited at the Union League Club in New York in 1901, the critic for the New-York Tribune appreciated the new emphasis on pure nature and admired the painting as a representation of "three fundamental facts, the rugged strength of the rocks, the weighty, majestic movement of the sea and the large atmosphere of great natural spaces unmarked by the presence of puny man."

#4384. American Art: Northeaster

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

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