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Martha Tedeschi
Martha Tedeschi is Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Havard Art Museums and former deputy director of art and research and curator of prints and drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Tedeschi, Martha
Tedeschi, Martha
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Watercolors by Winslow Homer: The Color of Light
As a watercolorist, Winslow Homer intuitively adapted his practice to the unique environmental characteristics of the places he painted. This is particularly apparent in the works he created in the tropical areas he visited – the Bahamas, Cuba, Bermuda, and Florida – between 1884 and 1905. Punctuating his life at Prout’s Neck with regular trips to the Adirondacks and occasional sojourns in Canada and the tropics, the artist kept his engagement with watercolor alive – and the public interested …
Watercolors by Winslow Homer: The Color of Light
In September 1870, thirteen years before he settled on the Maine coast, Winslow Homer made the first of many visits to the Adirondack Mountains. This vast wilderness in northern New York offered artists a limitless selection of natural wonders: high mountain peaks, old forests, thousands of lakes, ponds, rapids, and waterfalls, and the mighty Hudson River (see figure 1). For Homer, the region provided the things he cherished and needed most: privacy, plentiful subject matter, the chance to focus …
Watercolors by Winslow Homer: The Color of Light
The lessons of England had profound implications for Winslow Homer, certainly for his art but also for the way he would choose to live in the years to come. Staying in a small fishing village on the North Sea and bearing witness daily to the primal struggle between man and the forces of nature, he achieved a new level of self-knowledge about the conditions under which his work could thrive. When he returned to New York in November 1882, it must have been something of a shock to find himself back …
Watercolors by Winslow Homer: The Color of Light
Winslow Homer inaugurated his career as a serious watercolorist with stunning suddenness in the summer of 1873. In late June or early July, he arrived in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and proceeded over the next two months to paint some thirty works. Although he had employed watercolor washes in the past to tint his drawings and to indicate areas of shadow in his designs for wood engravings, the Gloucester pictures represent his first sustained use of the medium to create independent works of art …
Watercolors by Winslow Homer: The Color of Light
Winslow Homer (see figure 1), who created among the most breathtaking and influential images in the history of watercolor, was, famously, a man who received almost no formal artistic education. Acknowledged even in his own day as America’s most “original” and “independent” painter in watercolors, he had an intuitive rather than a tutored relationship with this challenging yet flexible medium. Between 1873 and 1905, he created nearly 700 watercolors. A staple of his livelihood, these works were …
Watercolors by Winslow Homer: The Color of Light
American painter Winslow Homer (1836–1910) created some of the most breathtaking and influential watercolors in the history of the medium. This volume provides a comprehensive look at Homer’s technical and artistic practice as a watercolorist, and at the experiences that shaped his remarkable development. Focusing on 25 rarely seen watercolors from the Art Institute’s collection, along with 75 other related watercolors, gouaches, drawings, and paintings—including many of the artist’s characteristic subjects—the book proposes a new understanding of Homer’s techniques as they evolved over his career. Accessibly written essays consider each of the featured works in detail, examining the relationship between monochrome drawing and watercolor and the artist’s lifelong interest in new optical and color theories. In particular, they show how his sojourn in England—where he encountered leading British marine watercolorists and the dynamic avant-garde art scene—precipitated an abrupt change in technique and subject matter upon his return home. Conservators address the fragility of these watercolors, which are prone to fading due to light exposure, and demonstrate, through pioneering research on Homer’s pigments and computer-assisted imaging, how the works have changed over time. Several of Homer’s greatest watercolors are digitally “restored,” providing an exhilarating glimpse of the original impact of Homer’s groundbreaking color experiments.
Print publication date February 2008 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780300119459
EISBN 9780300233629
Illustrations 286
Print Status in print