Study for Eagle Head, Manchester, Massachusetts

Winslow Homer American

Not on view

Although Homer made his professional headquarters in New York City from 1859 to 1883, he focused his art on rural and seaside life. He typically sketched and painted outdoors during the seasons of good weather, then referred to his studies to create more ambitious works in his urban studio. He probably painted this oil sketch during a visit to a popular beach resort in 1869. For the final canvas, also on view in this gallery, he expanded the foreground to accommodate three bathers, and enhanced the definition of the breaking wave.

Study for Eagle Head, Manchester, Massachusetts, Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine), Oil on wood, American

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