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Homosassa River

Winslow Homer

American Art

Winslow Homer was and still is considered one of the greatest masters of watercolor for his intuitive understanding of this liquid medium. He produced a large body of works in watercolor (about double the number of oil paintings), many of which remain unrivaled in their expressive power. In this picture of remote fishing grounds in Florida, he captured the tropical landscape on an overcast day with a complex combination of freely brushed, liquid washes and dry strokes of paint (to articulate palm fronds); he scraped into the paper to create the white curve of the angler’s line.
MEDIUM Watercolor with additions of gum over graphite on cream, moderately thick, moderately textured wove paper
DATES 1904
DIMENSIONS 19 11/16 x 13 7/8 in. (50 x 35.2 cm) frame: 30 x 24 x 1 1/2 in. (76.2 x 61 x 3.8 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed and dated lower left: "Homer 1904"
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund and Special Subscription
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). Homosassa River, 1904. Watercolor with additions of gum over graphite on cream, moderately thick, moderately textured wove paper, 19 11/16 x 13 7/8 in. (50 x 35.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund and Special Subscription, 11.542 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 11.542_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 11.542_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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