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.
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)
frame: 30 x 24 x 1 1/2 in. (76.2 x 61 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
Signed and dated lower left: "Homer 1904"
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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_PS20.jpg)
overall, 11.542_PS20.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2024
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