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Winslow Homer : Force of Nature

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An accessible introduction to American painter Winslow Homer, examining his work through the lens of conflict

A fresh exploration of the work of iconic American painter Winslow Homer (1836-1910) through the lens of conflict, a recurring theme in his prolific career. A persistent fascination with struggle permeates Homer's art -from emblematic images of the Civil War and Reconstruction to dazzling tropical works and monumental marines -and reveals his lifelong engagement with the charged subjects of race, nature, and the environment. This publication illuminates Homer's preoccupation with the complex social and political issues of his era-war, slavery, imperialism-as well as his broader concerns with the fragility of human life and dominance of nature.

These powerful themes are present in his earliest Civil War and Reconstruction paintings, which explore the effect of the conflict on the landscape, soldiers, and the formerly enslaved. They continue through his later images of rural life, dramatic rescues, and hunting -paintings that grapple with the often uneasy relationship between humans and the natural world. Toward the end of his life, human figures were reduced to tiny, irrelevant presences, while the ocean acquired a pivotal role.

  • Author: Christopher Riopelle
  • Paperback: 128 pages | 85 colour illustrations
  • Date published: September 2022
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781857096873
  • Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 24.2 cm

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