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E- MUSEUMS WINSLOW HOMER at the PORTLAND MUSEUM of ART


“Gloucester, Mackerel Fleet at Sunset” by Winslow Homer (1884). Oil on panel.
Credit: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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The Portland Museum of Art  presents a rare occasion to see Winslow Homer’s work and the studio where he painted: “Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine”  (September 22-December 30, 2012).

In the following compendium of sources, the Museum, Google Art, CBS News, The New York Times, the Boston Globe, and others, have used the New Media to put you in the picture, and also in the studio, wherever you are.

Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine

Click here for a great video by CBS News.

The Museum has mounted the Homer Exhibit,

“To celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Winslow Homer Studio at Prouts Neck, the Portland Museum of Art presents Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine. This extraordinary exhibition showcases masterpieces that the great American artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910) created during the final decades of his life, when he lived and worked in Maine. Inspired by the rugged beauty and changeable weather along the coast at Prouts Neck, Homer painted powerful marine narratives and seascapes that capture the specificity of place with vivid intensity, while also investigating existential themes of life and death, of humankind’s relationship with the natural world. Highly admired for their originality and sense of authenticity, these paintings helped to establish an iconic image of the New England coast in the national imagination-one that endures to the present day”.

The Homer Exhibition Gallery  allows you to see the art work close-up, and in many instances, in hi-resolution, while the  Portland Art Museum Homer Photography Project presents stunning photographs of Homer’s Studio, the Winslow Homer Studio:

“The Winslow Homer Studio, one of the most significant locations in the history of American art, is where the great American artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910) lived and painted many of his masterpieces from 1883 until his death. Purchased by the Portland Museum of Art in 2006, the renovated Winslow Homer Studio celebrates the artist’s life, encourages scholarship on Homer, and educates audiences to appreciate the artistic heritage of Winslow Homer and Maine.

Studio Restoration Gallery shows the painstaking restoration of Homer’s studio.

The Google Art Project has joined in and just released a “Compare” of Homer’s work on “The Life Line.” As Google Art states,

“Now that the total number of objects online is more than 35,000, we’ve turned our attention towards thinking of different ways for you to experience the collections.”
“The first is a great educational tool for art students, enthusiasts or those who are simply curious. A “Compare” button has been added to the toolbar on the left of each painting. This allows you to examine two pieces of artwork side-by-side to look at how an artist’s style evolved over time, connect trends across cultures or delve deeply into two parts of the same work. Here’s an example: place an early sketch of Winslow Homer’s‘The Life Line’ from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum next to the completed painting from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Comparing them in this way allows you to see how the artist’s vision altered (or not) over the life of the work.”

FURTHER SOURCES IN THE COMPENDIUM – CLICK ON THESE

These sources have pictorials of the Exhibit and Studios and Reviews.For the Exhibition, The N York Times, Boston Globe, and the Portland Press Herald. For the Syudio and the Exhibition,  Arts Journal and Architectural Digest.

Architectural Digest

Arts Journal

The New York Times

Boston Globe

Portland Press Herald

NOTE: Tickets for the Exhibition, and separate Reservations for the Studio are required.

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