February 24, 2015

February 24, 1836: Born, Winslow Homer

Breezing Up (A Fair Wind) by Winslow Homer

The American artist Winslow Homer was a man of many talents. Beginning his career as a commercial artist, he moved easily into oil painting, and later into watercolors. His subjects ranged from seascapes, to rural scenes to hunting and war.

The painting shown is his Breezing Up (A Fair Wind), an oil painting done in the years 1873-1876. It depicts a man and three boys in a catboat, calm and relaxed amid the choppy waters. It now hangs in the National Gallery in Washington, DC, and was featured on a commemorative postage stamp in 1962.

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