The Portland Museum of Art reopens the studio of Winslow Homer. This is the home and studio where Homer lived and worked from 1883 until his death in 1910. Workers restored the wood-walled studio’s exterior to its original colors, replaced the second-floor balcony, stabilized the foundation and replaced windows. The home will be open for public tours on Sept. 25.
If you are not familiar with the work of Winslow Homer he was a 19thc. American landscape painter and printmaker. He is considered to be one the major figures of American painting. Although he painted many American scenes he is best known for his marine paintings.
On the Trail, c. 1892, watercolor over graphite on paper, Gift of Ruth K. Henschel in memory of her husband,
Charles R. Henschel
Homer was self-taught and began as a commercial illustrator and then moved onto oil painting where he produced many landscapes before moving onto watercolor. Many of his works have become depict classic images of nineteenth-century American l life, children at play, farm girls, and hunters and their prey, yet others reflect on man’s primal relationship with his natural world.
Homer moved to Prout’s Neck, Maine in 1880 and began painting his famous images, where he captured the peacefulness of the Maine coast the ocean and the coastline. This later work is a contrast to his beginnings where he depicted the horrors of the Civil War. Homer died on September 29, 1910.
View some of Homer’s work at the National Gallery of Art .
Read up on Winslow Homer with these selections from the Art Division.
Photos from the studio in Vanity Fair.