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“Breezing Up (A Fair Wind)” by Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer - Breezing Up (A Fair Wind)

“Breezing Up (A Fair Wind)” by Winslow Homer

 “Breezing Up (A Fair Wind)” by Winslow Homer is an iconic painting of a father and three boys out for a spirited sail. Homer had a sensibility which allowed him to distil art from potentially sentimental subjects and yielding straightforward views of American life of the period. Homer painted warm and appealing images that appealed to the postwar nostalgia for a simpler, more innocent America. Following a trip to Europe in 1866–1867, Homer adopted a warmer palette and a technique, which owed much to the influence of French artists such as Courbet, Manet, and Monet.

Winslow Homer 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 subsequently 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

  • 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

Winslow Homer

  • Name:            Winslow Homer
  • Born:             1836 – Boston, Massachusetts
  • Died:              1910 – (aged 74) – Prouts Neck, Maine
  • Nationality:  American
  • Movement:   Realism
  • Notable works:


“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand,
as if it were necessary to understand,
when it is simply necessary to love.”

– Claude Monet


Photo Credit: 1) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons