Winslow Homer and the Pictorial Press

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"Winslow Homer, certainly the best-known American painter of the nineteenth century, also contributed extensively to the pictorial press. Over his remarkably wide-ranging career he produced more than two hundred wood-engraved images." The illustrations reproduced here represent not only Homer's work as a novice artist but also later pieces that remained a steady source of income well after he had established himself as a painter. This circumstance sheds light on the financial aspect of Homer's career and highlights a crucial role in his
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"Winslow Homer, certainly the best-known American painter of the nineteenth century, also contributed extensively to the pictorial press. Over his remarkably wide-ranging career he produced more than two hundred wood-engraved images." The illustrations reproduced here represent not only Homer's work as a novice artist but also later pieces that remained a steady source of income well after he had established himself as a painter. This circumstance sheds light on the financial aspect of Homer's career and highlights a crucial role in his development as an artist. In designing for the pictorial press, Homer explored and honed the elements of his craft: line, composition, form, and light. He was acutely aware of his medium and his audience. In magazine illustrations he spoke in a distinctive voice and treated many of his subjects much as he did his paintings. They are, in essence, original works of graphic art.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780815629740
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
Pt. 1 The Background
1 The Painter as an Illustrator 3
2 Homer and the Woodblock 11
3 The Rise of the Pictorial Press in England 19
4 The Pictorial Press Begins in America 30
5 The Corpus 41
Pt. 2 The Illustrations
6 City and Country: 1857 51
7 Boston to New York: 1858-1859 65
8 New York and the Advent of War: 1860-1861 88
9 The War and Its Aftermath: 1861-1866 110
10 Paris and Its Influences: 1867-1868 139
11 America at Leisure: 1869-1872 155
12 Innocence and Experience: 1873-1875 179
Checklist of Works Drawn by Winslow Homer for Publication in Weekly Pictorial Magazines 207
Notes 235
Bibliography 245
Index 251
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