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  • Hardcover: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (1 Nov. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300065558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300065558
  • Product Dimensions: 30.9 x 27.1 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,533,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dr R TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Oct. 2013
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This is one of the life-enhancing catalogues of major exhibitions of the 1990s. "Winslow Homer" was shown at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art between October 1995 and September 1996. These locations were selected because Homer, arguably America's greatest and most national painter, was born and grew up in Boston, and developed as an artist and achieved success in New York.

The exhibition comprised 235 works that are reproduced in colour; in addition, the catalogue includes 252 figures, mostly black and white. Art scholars of international repute have written perceptive essays based upon the latest research, these address: `The School of War', `Modern and National', `Reconstruction', `Something More than Meets the Eye' and `Good Pictures' all by Nicolai Cikovsky Jr, `A Process of Change' and `Time and Narrative Erased' by Franklin Kelly, and `Innovation in Homer's Late Watercolours', by Judith Walsh. The illustrated Chronology and List of Exhibitions in Homer's Lifetime were developed by Charles Brock, and the book also contains a Select Bibliography and an Index of Titles.

In their Introduction, Cikovsky and Kelly emphasise that they have considered the artist and his works within the broader contemporary context that includes historical, social, political, intellectual and artistic aspects, as well as disentangling the psychological and sexual natures that Homer, the most reticent of artists, kept hidden during his lifetime. They point out that they were concerned to include works from across his career, beginning with the Civil War and ending with self-imposed exile at Prout's Neck, Maine.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Taking Winslow Homer Seriously 9 Jan. 2006
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Too often museums and writers take the prodigious output of the 19th century American artist Winslow Homer lightly, even at times dismissing him as inconsequential in the mainstream of important art. This magnificent volume whould change that once and for all.

Essayists and curators Nicolai Cikovsky and Franklin Kelly, with significant contributions by writers Judith Walsh and Charles Brock, have not only created a superb collection of Homer's works in all media, they have also taken the time to reevaluate Homer in terms of his place among his colleagues of his day, his subsequent isolationism when he communicated with nature along the coast of Maine, creating come of the most mystically beautiful works form an American artist, and an overview of how history has treated him.

The result is a hefty volume with more valuable insights and well written essays that for once truly illuminate the images generously placed throughout the volume. This may have started out to be a catalogue to accompany a traveling exhibition, but its long shelf life is assured by the high quality of every aspect of the book. Highly recommended for art lovers and art historians alike. Grady Harp, January 06
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Winslow Homer, A 'GEM' for the Serious Art Student 19 Mar. 2001
By Angela Lo Tufo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As an Art student, venturing into watercolor recently, I received this book as a gift. I truly gained much information about the artist and the additon of color plates (90+) make this a complete reference guide. The author has separatedhis works into catogories by subject matter.The intro- duction reviews his travels, family life,interests,educa-tion,recognition and awardsduring his lifetime. A brief review proceeds each Chapterwhich then is visually supp-orted by wonderflul,colorful plates of Winslow works of that subject. The Chapters are Civil War, Sea PaintingsTropics, Adirondonck and Canada, and Prout's Neck,Me. He was an extraordinarypainter of various mediums,and always captured the 'atmosphere' in his workswhether it was stormy seasoff the coast of Maine, placid lakes in the mountains, clear skies in the tropics or children at play at that time. Fortunately, he was an artist who was noticed during his lifetime and rewarded with fame before his demise at age 74, having enjoyed his love of his work. I would highly recommend this hard cover version, to any art lover or student of the arts. I will plan to purchase this publication for my son, and perhaps a friend in the near future.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Introduction 15 Jun. 2014
By drkhimxz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
There seems to be a confusion with regard to this book listing and the reviews that accompany it. I am writing about the book with 156 pages, including Index, written solely by Cikovsky, Jr. and published by Harry N. Abrams in association with The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
It is a fine introduction for lay readers to the work and life of Homer. Deliberately set forth as a non-academic approach, it has no scholarly impedimenta but is written in a clear, informative style, with plenty of illustrations of his works.
Cikovsky is just the writer the book needed: a scholar with a light touch and heavyweight knowledge. Everything one needs to know is in it, speculation is given short shrift, save where it can rest on solid evidence and with the warning that it is a stab in the dark about a man who made a point to protect his privacy and private thoughts. What we get is a story long on facts and analysis of his works and scant about the man known mostly his work. For a good portion of his life, Homer lived alone and spoke little about what he did, thought or meant. Cikovsky is careful to warn us when he is exploring the unknown with regard to the man, his life and his pictures.
Winslow Homer was a premier American artist of the last half of the 19th Century, an artist who sought to capture American experience in a manner that communicated without mystification yet penetrated to the core of what we were about. Unlike many who followed him, he sought out the mysteries of the sea and the land as men and women interacted with it, the old America which was losing its centrality as the core of the national system. It is a tradition which still is potent although not dominant. It is something we can still be impacted by.
The book is a sound guide to understanding and should stimulate further study in books and collections.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Winslow Homer, A 'GEM' for the Serious Art Student 19 Mar. 2001
By Angela Lo Tufo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As an Art student, venturing into watercolor recently, I received this book as a gift. I truly gained much information about the artist and the additon of color plates (90+) make this a complete reference guide. The author has separatedhis works into catogories by subject matter.The intro- duction reviews his travels, family life,interests,educa-tion,recognition and awardsduring his lifetime. A brief review proceeds each Chapterwhich then is visually supp-orted by wonderflul,colorful plates of Winslow works of that subject. The Chapters are Civil War, Sea PaintingsTropics, Adirondonck and Canada, and Prout's Neck,Me. He was an extraordinarypainter of various mediums,and always captured the 'atmosphere' in his workswhether it was stormy seasoff the coast of Maine, placid lakes in the mountains, clear skies in the tropics or children at play at that time. Fortunately, he was an artist who was noticed during his lifetime and rewarded with fame before his demise at age 74, having enjoyed his love of his work. I would highly recommend this hard cover version, to any art lover or student of the arts. I will plan to purchase this publication for my son, and perhaps a friend in the near future.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great! 25 Jan. 2013
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful book dedicated to Winslow Homer. I had used it as an undergraduate and found myself drawn to the wonderful index of paintings included, as well as the academic essays that contextualize Homer's works and their significance. Probably the definitive work on this great American painter.
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