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Winslow Homer

by Cikovsky, Nicolai, Jr., 1933-2016

Format: Print Book 1990
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Biography 92 HOMER Winslow
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Biography
Call Number  92 HOMER Winslow
CLP - Main Library Second Floor Oversize FOLIO q ND237.H7 C54 1990
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor Oversize
Call Number  FOLIO q ND237.H7 C54 1990
Offers a brief profile of the nineteenth century American artist, looks at his major paintings, watercolors, and etchings, and discusses influences on his work.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Winslow Homer (1836^-1910) was in the news as a comprehensive retrospective of his magnificent paintings and watercolors opened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., an exhibition that will live on between the covers of this spectacular volume. Cikovsky and Kelly, curators at the National Gallery, present a contextually rich and vibrant analysis of Homer's life and groundbreaking work. A self-taught artist with an "almost sensuous love of paint," Homer, like so many of his contemporaries, was deeply affected by the Civil War. His early illustrations and paintings demonstrate his "technical strength and assurance; color, modeling, and drawing; truthfulness, and lack of sentimentality," qualities he would elevate to new levels as he moved on to paint candid scenes of everyday life. There is an earthy grace to his dignified, hardworking figures, many of whom gaze contemplatively out into the distance, a gaze not unlike that of the artist himself. The authors track Homer's major themes, all of which are intrinsically connected to place, and discuss the progression from ideology to aesthetics, from shimmering pastoral romance to dark and stormy seas. Homer was a master not only of technique but also of interpreting light, motion, and our complex relationship with nature. --Donna Seaman"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Instead of Winslow Homer as unvarnished, naive democrat, an artist divorced from the intellectual life of his times, Cikovsky gives us a painter who was a modernist in his detachment, anxiety and impersonality. Plunging into New York City's seething cultural milieu in the 1860s, the Boston-born illustrator joined a loose artistic circle that included jounalist Eugene Benson, whose programmatic call for a modern, national, indigenous art struck a chord in Homer. But disillusionment set in with the corrupt Gilded Age of the 1870s, and Homer took refuge in art, plumbing nature's elemental power in his seascapes, and investigating the act of seeing in vibrant, spontaneous watercolors of the tropics or the Maine coast. His later paintings grasp death with almost mystical immediacy. Curator of American art at the National Gallery, Cikovsky lays bare new worlds of meaning in this immensely rewarding, superbly illustrated reassessment. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Library of American art (Harry N. Abrams, Inc.)
Subjects Homer, Winslow, -- 1836-1910.
Painters -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Abrams,1990
Contributors National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
Language English
Notes "In association with the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution."
Description 156 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 148-150) and index.
ISBN 0810911930
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