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The Watercolors of Winslow Homer Hardcover – 9 Jan 2002

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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: 23.6 x 2.3 x 31.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 780,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Miles Unger is the former managing editor of Art New England and a frequent contributor to the New York Times as well as other national publications.

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
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.
47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful pictures, overwritten text 12 Mar. 2002
By M. A Michaud - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
To: Amazon.com
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.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
The Watercolors of Winslow Homer 22 Sept. 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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Winslow Homer's amazing watercolors...after all these years, still an inspiration 24 Oct. 2008
By Cathy Johnson (Kate) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Hard to imagine a more inspiring watercolorist, historically or right now. Homer had a sure touch with his wonderful, calligraphic brushstrokes. He depicted life around him and makes it feel as real as the view out my own window--I'm there.

The book is beautifully produced, with many crisp illustrations to pore over. Even after well over 100 years, we still can learn contemporary techniques from this man.
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