Reduced to economical yet expressive elements, this composition reveals Winslow Homer’s strong sense of design, honed during his early career in illustration. (He quit magazine work in 1875, in part because of the income generated by watercolor sales.) After settling in 1883 in Prout’s Neck, a rocky peninsula off the coast of Maine, he became increasingly preoccupied with the dynamic interactions of sea, sky, and extremes of weather along the water’s edge.
- Artist: Winslow Homer, American, 1836-1910
- Medium: Watercolor over graphite on cream wove paper
- Dates: 1883
- Dimensions: 14 1/8 x 19 3/4in. (35.9 x 50.2cm)
- Signature: Signed lower left: "[W]inslow Homer 1883"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 50.185
- Credit Line: Bequest of Sidney B. Curtis in memory of S.W. Curtis
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). The Northeaster, 1883. Watercolor over graphite on cream wove paper, 14 1/8 x 19 3/4in. (35.9 x 50.2cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Sidney B. Curtis in memory of S.W. Curtis, 50.185
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)