Winslow Homer increasingly subordinated the human figure to the landscape in works produced after he moved to the coastal town of Prout’s Neck, Maine. In this watercolor, he rendered the boulders as an almost abstract series of intersecting planes, highlighted with bright accents of color including the red berries in the shrubs and the blue streak of ocean in the distance. The high horizon line and flattened space betray the artist’s familiarity with Japanese prints.
Watercolor over charcoal on cream, thick, rough-textured wove paper
13 3/8 x 19 3/16in. (34 x 48.7cm)
Frame: 24 x 30 x 1 1/2 in. (61 x 76.2 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
Signed and dated lower right: "Homer 1883"
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Bequest of Sidney B. Curtis in memory of S.W. Curtis
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Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). Maine Cliffs, 1883. Watercolor over charcoal on cream, thick, rough-textured wove paper, 13 3/8 x 19 3/16in. (34 x 48.7cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Sidney B. Curtis in memory of S.W. Curtis, 50.184 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 50.184_SL3.jpg)
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