Weary and Dissatisfied with Everything
Regarded as one of the great American Realists of the nineteenth century, Winslow Homer is known primarily for his large body of works in oil and watercolor. However, he also had an early career as a freelance illustrator, making drawings for wood engravings that were reproduced in mass-circulation periodicals such as Harper’s Weekly. In 1998, the Brooklyn Museum received a generous gift of more than 250 wood-engraved illustrations by Homer from Harvey Isbitts.
Meanwhile, Susan’s greedy, willful friend Portia is staying at a fashionable summer resort nearby. Both Josselin, Portia’s forbidden lover, and George Blake are in attendance. She is leading a young, rich lord on a merry chase, when her attractive, older cousin John Dysart appears on the scene. On the walkway near the casino, she pours out her heart in the moonlit evening. He responds: “Weary and dissatisfied with everything! You used to tell me just the same story when you were sixteen.” Homer followed the words fairly closely in this instance, down to the passage that reads, “Portia’s face . . . was distinctly outlined against the opal background of still sea.”
Image: 7 1/8 x 4 3/4 in. (18.1 x 12.1 cm)
Sheet: 9 1/4 x 5 3/4 in. (23.5 x 14.6 cm)
Frame: 20 x 15 x 1 1/2 in. (50.8 x 38.1 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
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Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). Weary and Dissatisfied with Everything, 1869. Wood engraving, Image: 7 1/8 x 4 3/4 in. (18.1 x 12.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Harvey Isbitts, 1998.105.139
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