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Winslow Homer (American, 1836 - 1910)

The White Rowboat, St. Johns River

The White Rowboat, St. Johns River

1890
watercolor on paper
14 x 20 in.

Bequest of Ninah M. H. Cummer, C.0.154.1

Winslow Homer was one of the first American painters to liberate watercolor from being simply a tinted drawing and to develop it as an independent medium. Especially in his later watercolors, Homer attained his purest artistic values through his painterly handling and use of saturated colors. His watercolors expressed a poetic vision not often found in his oil paintings.

Late in his career, Homer, an avowed sportsman, took fishing vacations to various places. In the spring of 1890 he visited the St. Johns River in Florida. The landscape stimulated in Homer a more spontaneous expression and pure visual sensation of nature. He painted scenes on the spot with a deft, fluid brush in full-bodied color. In this work, one of forty known from his various Florida visits, Homer simply and directly portrayed Florida topography as a vast expanse of river and marshes, punctuated by four swaying palm trees. Homer merged the epic with the mundane as he placed the stark white rowboat and three fishermen in this solitary habitat. The towering, indigenous palm trees stand as testaments to the dominance of nature over man.

Visitor's Comments:

"From Ninah Cummer's personal collection! Sweet watercolor in the Florida feel!" - anonymous

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Winslow
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Winslow Homer was one of the first American painters to liberate watercolor from being simply a tinted drawing and to develop it as an independent medium. Especially in his later watercolors, Homer attained his purest artistic values through his painterly handling and use of saturated colors. His watercolors expressed a poetic vision not often found in his oil paintings.

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Bequest of Ninah M. H. Cummer
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Winslow Homer was one of the first American painters to liberate watercolor from being simply a tinted drawing and to develop it as an independent medium. Especially in his later watercolors, Homer attained his purest artistic values through his painterly handling and use of saturated colors. His watercolors expressed a poetic vision not often found in his oil paintings.

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Permanent Quote: 
"From Ninah Cummer's personal collection! Sweet watercolor in the Florida feel!" <strong>- anonymous</strong>
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Permanent Art Location: 
American
Permanent Art Life Span: 
1836 - 1910
Catalog Number: 
C.0.154.1
Permanent Artist First Name: 
Winslow
Permanent Artist Last Name: 
Homer
Permanent Image: 
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No
Permanent Year: 
1890
Permanent Period: 
Late 18th and 19th Century American Art
Permanent Material: 
watercolor on paper<br /> 14 x 20 in.

Winslow Homer was one of the first American painters to liberate watercolor from being simply a tinted drawing and to develop it as an independent medium. Especially in his later watercolors, Homer attained his purest artistic values through his painterly handling and use of saturated colors. His watercolors expressed a poetic vision not often found in his oil paintings.

Late in his career, Homer, an avowed sportsman, took fishing vacations to various places. In the spring of 1890 he visited the St. Johns River in Florida. The landscape stimulated in Homer a more spontaneous expression and pure visual sensation of nature. He painted scenes on the spot with a deft, fluid brush in full-bodied color. In this work, one of forty known from his various Florida visits, Homer simply and directly portrayed Florida topography as a vast expanse of river and marshes, punctuated by four swaying palm trees. Homer merged the epic with the mundane as he placed the stark white rowboat and three fishermen in this solitary habitat. The towering, indigenous palm trees stand as testaments to the dominance of nature over man.

Permanent Gift: 
Bequest of Ninah M. H. Cummer
Permanent Quote: 
"From Ninah Cummer's personal collection! Sweet watercolor in the Florida feel!" <strong>- anonymous</strong>
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