Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Winslow Homer Goes to England

An exhibition currently at the Worcester Art Museum focuses on the time that American artist Winslow Homer (1836–1910) spent in England and how it affected his later art.

Winslow Homer, Hark! The Lark, 1882,
The show is based on two major works by Homer, and it includes a lot of his drawings and watercolors. Homer's work shows the influence of well-known English artists such as J. M. W. Turner and Lawrence Alma-Tadema....

Breton, The Lark
....and some French painters such as Jules Breton.

It also includes the work of some lesser known artists such as John Robertson Reid, whose 1879 painting "Toil and Pleasure" shows some fieldworkers watching the hunt go by in the distance.

Winslow Homer, The Gale, 1883-93, American, 1836-1910, Oil on canvas
The show is accompanied by a catalog published by the Yale University Press which authoritatively explores how these artistic encounters affected Homer and his work.

According to the authors, "he attempted to reconcile his affinity for traditional subject matter with his increasingly modern aesthetic vision. Coming Away complicates our understanding of his work and convincingly argues that it has more cosmopolitan underpinnings than previously thought."
Catalog: Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England, hardbound, 168 pp., more than 79 color plates.
Exhibition: Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England" at the Worcester Art Museum through February 4, 2018. It then continues at the Milwaukee Art Museum starting March 2.

1 comment:

rock995 said...

Wow, that would actually be doable for me before February.
I wonder if photography will be allowed?
Guess I can email them and find out. Thanks so much for the info.