A Wall, Nassau

Winslow Homer American

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A Wall, Nassau recalls watercolors from Homer’s first journey to the Bahamas and demonstrates his continued interest in the boundaries between public and private spaces. The exuberant palette of the poinsettia blossoms, foliage, sky, and sea contrast with the pale washes the artist used to suggest sunlight and shadow across the characteristic wall. At left, the gate stands open, implying a welcoming human presence and offering a hint of the landscape beyond. With the dark shards of glass lining the top of the wall, however, Homer highlights barriers intended to deter trespassers.

A Wall, Nassau, Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine), Watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper, American

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