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A Good Pool, Saguenay River

Winslow Homer American

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This innovative watercolor dramatically foregrounds the prized ouananiche, a silver-gray landlocked salmon prevalent around Lake Saint-Jean, Canada. Homer depicts the game fish airborne, pursued by three precariously positioned men—including French-Canadian and Indigenous (Innu/Montagnais) guides—in a vigorous if uncertain struggle. An 1898 New York display of this and other watercolors entranced viewers, with critics commending their authenticity and artistry: "Mr. Homer’s watercolors are permeated with outdoor feeling and with the atmosphere of the region, whose delights he has doubtless himself tasted."

A Good Pool, Saguenay River, Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine), Watercolor and graphite on cream wove paper, American

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