“The Gulf Stream” by Winslow Homer
“The Gulf Stream” by Winslow Homer shows a lone man in a dismasted rudderless boat struggling against the waves of the sea. The marine theme was of interest to Homer for more than a decade as he often vacationed in Florida, Cuba, and the Caribbean. Homer crossed the Gulf Stream many times, and his trips usually inspired several related works. A visit to Nassau and Florida preceded this painting and being the year after the death of his father, it may be revealing his sense of vulnerability.
Winslow Homer (1836 – 1910) was best known for his marine subjects and is considered one of the foremost painters in 19th-century America. Mostly self-taught, Homer began his career working as a commercial illustrator. He later took up oil painting and produced significant studio works. He also worked extensively in watercolour, creating a rich legacy, primarily chronicling his working vacations.
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- “The Gulf Stream” by Winslow Homer
The Gulf Stream
- Title: The Gulf Stream
- Artist: Winslow Homer
- Year: 1899
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dimensions: 71.4 × 124.8 cm (28.1 × 49.1 in)
- Museum: Metropolitan Museum of Art – MET
- Name: Winslow Homer
- Born: 1836 – Boston, Massachusetts
- Died: 1910 – (aged 74) – Prouts Neck, Maine
- Nationality: American
- Movement: Realism
- Notable Works:
- Did this painting, 100 years ago, create the same effect on audiences that “Jaws” did in modern times ago?
- Is this a representation of man’s stoic relationship with nature?
- Homer’s advice to artists was: “Look at nature, work independently, and solve your own problems.” Is this good general advice?
“Look at nature,
and solve your own problems.”
– Winslow Homer
Photo Credit: 1) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons