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In 1883 Homer moves from New York permanently to a studio that famous architect, John Calvin Stevens redesigned from a carriage house, at Prouts Neck, Maine. Homer spent the rest of his life working there and became very reclusive. Here is another collection of important later works.
The painting above "The Gulf Stream" is one of Homers best known. It has several antecedents I would like quickly to point out . They are Gericaults "Raft of the Medusa" a masterpiece in the Louvre. I think that Homer must have had this in mind.
I also think there is some deliberate quotation from Copleys "Watson and the Shark" pictured below. This is one of the paintings that first defined "American Painting" Homer was deliberately American in his art and would have enjoyed the passing reference. Notice the similar pose of the cheerful shark at the lower middle of both paintings.
Here are a couple more seascapes. The winter piece is particularly unusual, and was certainly a scene that Homer found on Prouts Neck.
This seascape presages the work of Fredrick Waugh. Waugh (September 13, 1861 – September 10, 1940) was a generation younger than Homer (February 24, 1836 – September 29, 1910) . Waugh, though American born spent his early career in England. He returned to Americain 1908 only two years before Homers death. Waugh lived for a number of years on Baileys island, just north of Homers studio.
Below is a pieced called "West Wind" it is Japanese influenced and has an ethereal lightness to it that evokes the mist that accompanies heavy surf.
Thats all for tonight folks. I have to sleep sometime. More important Homers tomorrow.