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Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer

An American landscape painter and printmaker, Homer (1836–1910) is known as a leading figure in American art. He began his career as a commercial printmaker designing magazine illustrations, but his eventual success in painting and watercolor enabled him to focus entirely on his art. Homer was fond of the water, moving to the coast and often traveling to destinations with dazzling ocean views, which influenced his paintings of marine and coastal life. Homer's figures are often depicted confronting untamed, natural elements, and he painted his subjects with "the weight and authority of classical figures.” His strict sense of individualism is best captured in his advice to artists: "Look at nature, work independently, and solve your own problems."