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316 Winslow Homer's paintings of Prout's Neck, Maine
 

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316 Winslow Homer's paintings of Prout's Neck, Maine

Winslow Homer, born in Boston, Massachusetts, was an American artist best known for his beautiful paintings and illustrations of landscapes. Additionally, Homer is recognized for his use of watercolors in most of his work; an attribute that helps him remain one of the most prominent figures in 19th century American art. In fact, Winslow Homer created nearly seven-hundred watercolors, his favorite medium, in nearly thirty-years. Winslow Homer began his early courier in 1857 as a Civil War correspondent for Harper’s Weekly, where he would later contribute works of Boston and rural New England life to the magazine. His talent shone through the illustrations, oil paintings and wood engravings he produced as an artist. In 1883, Winslow Homer began his later years in Maine. Here, Homer worked in a studio inside his home while he crafted his late seascapes, like The Gulf Stream (1899). Furthermore, Homer found artistic inspiration in the breathtaking views outside of his home in Prouts Neck, Maine. If one were to stand outside of the Homer residence, it is clear that Winslow used this location as inspiration for his High Cliff, Coast of Maine (1894) oil painting. Another featured piece, Weatherbeaten (1894), was crafted outside of his Prouts Neck home, as well. Unfortunately, Winslow Homer passed away in 1910 in his Prouts Neck residence at the age of 74. Nonetheless, the celebrated painter lives on through each and every one of his artistic offers.

Home of Winslow Homer

In Ragtime by E.L. Doctrow, Winslow Homer is mentioned as Mother, son, and the brown child are traveling upstate to the Maine shore. The Maine shore is located along the Maine Coast, however, Prout's Neck is the specific location of American painter, Winslow Homer's, residence. E.L. Doctrow informs the reader that this is where Homer lived during his last years; a non-fictional aspect of Ragtime amongst an array of fictional/non-fictional confusion within the novel. The narrator states, "They were seeing the Howe Caverns, and their ultimate destination for the summer was the Maine shore at Prout's Neck, where the painter Winslow Homer had lived his last years" (316). 

Weatherbeaten (1894)

High Cliff, Coast of Maine (1894)


Additional Work from Winslow Homer:


Sources:

Ragtime by E.L. Doctrow

http://www.artic.edu/aic/exhibitions/exhibition/homer

http://www.portlandmuseum.org/exhibitions-collections/galleries/homer.shtml

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