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    Okay, so I'll Ask this in the Lounge

    I tried in the artist forum and got little attention. So how the hell did Winslow Homer get so good? Where are the figure drawings? And what about photography? Did he ever use photos as references? He'd be one of the first artists able to, and it's odd that so few artists painted water so well before him. How come none of these topics ever come up when museums show him off? Any thoughts?


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    Homer was not only great, he's also a great mystery. He was an impressionist and a symbolist and a romantic. Which means he was highly philosophical and intellectual. Yet he didn't gab much and I don't think he taught. The few quotes we have from tend to be of the "look at the world through your own eyes" type of advice. He went to the National Academy of Design, studied under Frédéric Rondel, who was no slouch, and was a newspaper illustrator early and drew many figures that he sketched from life, including of the Civil War. His progression as an artist after his early years was, like most every artist, self propelled.

    Like most of the truly great artists, he didn't write it down. What he knew and believed is there in his paintings only.

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    Was his death caused by poisening via shaping his brushes between his lips, or am I making that up?

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    Homer got good by working. You can see a real progression from his early, rather stiff stages to his fully mature work. There's definitely a photographic influence on his compositions,
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    but that may just come from the changing visual landscape of the second half of the nineteenth century. I don' think there's any contemporary evidence of Homer being interested in or using photography like, say, Eakins did.

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    thanks for bringing him up. I didnt know his work. Beautiful stuff!

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    Do any of his student works still exist anywhere? Or is there a site dedicated to his prints? I've tried looking on google with little success.

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