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The Watercolors of Winslow Homer [Hardcover]

Winslow Homer , Miles Unger , Arnold Skolnick

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Book Description

9 Jan 2002
Winslow Homer's first medium was oil painting, although to make ends meet, he did commercial illustration and chronicled the New York City social scene. Eventually, Homer withdrew from city life altogether to settle at Prout's Neck on the rocky New England coast. There he turned to watercolour, in part for financial reasons (watercolours were easier to sell), but the newly popular medium also enabled him to capture his impressions of scenery and landscapes encountered during his many travels with an immediacy and directness impossible in the more time-consuming oils. Of his more than 700 watercolours, over 140 are reproduced here, dating from the 1870s to the turn of the century and ranging from pastoral to narrative, dramatic to serene. Miles Unger's text provides insight into the artist's technical mastery of the medium and discusses the importance of Homer's watercolours within the larger body of his work.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st Edition edition (9 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393020479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393020472
  • Product Dimensions: 31.3 x 23.5 x 2.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 571,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Reproductions of Homer's WC 24 Feb 2004
By Eric Holmes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My first impression of this book was WOW!!! The size of the reproductions is astounding. Many extend over both large pages of the text. The binding is such that the book lies flat on the table and so the seam in the middle is negligble. THe colour of the reproductions is rich, detailed, and rings true (altho I have not seen any of Homer's work in real-life). Compared side-by-side with Cooper's book, Cooper's reproductions are much smaller and the colour appears weaker and washed out.
As for the text of the book, it is interesting, informative, and insightful. Altogether, this is a very well put together book; it is one of the finest books I have in my collection.
46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful pictures, overwritten text 12 Mar 2002
By M. A Michaud - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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The hundreds of paintings reproduced in this large-format book deserve five stars. The publisher should be thanked for bringing together works scattered around a large number of museums, and for giving us a finely produced art book. Even fans of Winslow Homer will not have seen most of these paintings, which may represent the summit of American watercolors. Unfortunately, the accompanying text goes far beyond what is necessary to appreciate Homer's art. The descriptions of personal history and technique are helpful, but not the philosophical musings and overwrought interpretations. The text should have been cut by a third.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Watercolors of Winslow Homer 22 Sep 2007
By Nancy Umphres - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As a very young child I would spent many hours looking through my grandmother's art library.Winslow Homer and the French impressionists were my favorites and that early experience is probably one of many reasons I became an artist. I bought this book as a gift for my sister who is also an artist. I was able to read most of it before I gave it to her but intend to get a copy for myself. I especially liked the way the book follows Mr. Homer's growth as an artist. It's well written and the collection of his work is incredible. There are so many paintings I have never seen and some I have only seen in black and white.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book to Enjoy 11 Mar 2009
By NJ Buyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am delighted with this book. Although there is extensive text, it is foremost a picture book of Homer's watercolors. Beyond the fine illustrated introduction, every spread of pages contains at least one of his pictures. Many of the pictures are full page in this generously dimensioned book, and those that cross the gutter show the care in placement exercised by the author and designer in minimizing any loss of impact. Enormous care was taken that no picture detail was lost in such two page printings. The ten chapters parallel Homer's life, and there is a sense of picking up of the easel, canvas, and paint box along with him as he moves to his considerably different venues. I enjoyed this book so much that I was inspired to hunt down my ancient watercolor equipment and try a few imitations!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but... 16 July 2011
By christine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I only gave 3 stars because I am comparing this book to my extensive collection of other watercolor books (including some on Homer). I was excited to see some new watercolors featured here that are not seen in other books. The tropical paintings are lovely. There are lots of paintings shown, however, some are quite dull and even though Homer was a great painter, do we need to see these sepia studies and rough, gestural figures full-page?. Design-wise there are poor choices made. The text is too long, and the artwork often spans the 'gutter' in awkward places. The reproductions are not as good as ones I see in my other books. The book is printed in China and has a slightly funny smell. I like to see the size and location of the artwork right next to it, but in this book you have to look in the back for that information. The extensive text seems to be all all the same old stuff... where he was, studied, etc. For example, in the description of his materials, details such as the color of his paints and types of brushes are not mentioned, but there is loads of text about washes and paint application and how art critics of that time and other painters felt about watercolor. As an artist, this is less interesting to me. I like to browse through art books for artistic inspiration -- for myself and my students. I think this book would be excellent for someone who did not have books on Homer's art already. I'm thinking of returning this.
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