32¢ Homer Winslow
Four Centuries of American Art
Issue Date: August 27, 1998
City: Santa Clara, CA
Printed By: Sennett Security Products
Printing Method: Photogravure
Winslow Homer, famous for his intense images of the sea, was one of the finest artists of the 19th century. Born in 1836 in Boston, Homer became a lithographer’s apprentice in 1854. At the age of 25, the magazine Harper’s Weekly sent Homer to cover the Civil War. The paintings he produced during this time launched his artistic career.
Although Homer’s studio was in New York City, the city was rarely his theme. He often traveled to Pennsylvania, New England, and the Hudson River Valley to observe nature. In 1883, the artist closed his New York City studio and settled in remote Prout’s Neck on the coast of Maine. The images Homer created while living there captured the beauty and power of the water. Many of his most appreciated works were completed during the 27 years he spent at Prout’s Neck, including The Life Line (1884), Fog Warning (1885), and The Gulf Stream (1899).
Homer continued to paint vigorously until his death in 1910. Although by the late 1800s he was nationally recognized as a leading American painter and his works brought top prices, Homer’s death was largely overlooked. Recognition of his artistic talent came only in the years after his death.