A gust of wind by Winslow Homer

A gust of wind by Winslow Homer

The main achievements of American art of the second half of the XIX century are largely associated with the name of the artist Winslow Homer, who along with Thomas Eakinson was the leading representative of realistic painting. In his youth Homer studied lithography, worked as an illustrator. The first significant work – painted reports from the fronts of the Civil War – he published in the New York magazine “Harper’s Weekly”.

The format of the publication required clear, concise, but at the same time spectacular drawings. An element of illustration and graphicity can be found

in the author’s painting. Despite the limitations of expressive means, Homer in his works perfectly conveyed the mood. The picture reflects the atmosphere of happiness, a fresh summer day, characteristic of childhood. Because of the strong wind, the boat tilted to one side. The fisherman and the three boys are trying to restore balance by moving one boat to the side.

The plot casts dreams of swimming, adventures and distant uncharted countries, but at the same time it’s a fishing boat and people looking somewhere in the distance, convey the sense of human loneliness in the endless sea. The artist depicted real scenes with such vividness and power that the viewer, viewing the canvases, was imbued with their mood.

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