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On February 24, 1836, American artist Winslow Homer was born in Boston, Massachusetts

February 24

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On February 24, 1836, American artist Winslow Homer was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Homer’s works frequently touch on American
life, whether it be the depictions of the Civil War, nineteenth-century childhood, or life on the Atlantic
coast. His pieces often portray the relationship (sometimes struggle) between man and nature.

Homer’s skills were wide-ranging – he excelled in watercolor, oils, and engravings, which were especially suitable for his commercial illustrations.

Did you know? Homer’s early success came in the form of commercial illustrations of the Civil War for Harper’s Weekly. During the war, the artist went to the front lines, sketching not only the battle but the quieter moments in camp. While dangerous to create, these scenes helped bring the realities and nuances of war back to the northern homefront.

 

Winslow Homer, Oliver Ingraham Lay, 1865

-Written by Anna Zemaitaitis, Communications and Design Officer

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