Winslow Homer: Artist and Angler

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This engaging book looks closely at Winslow Homer's avid pursuit of fly-fishing and at the inspiration the sport provided for his art.

It was fly-fishing that led the eminent painter to three of the locales with which we now associate his name: the Adirondacks in northern New York State, Florida, and Quebec. Each of these distinctive regions elicited unique and strong ...
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Overview

This engaging book looks closely at Winslow Homer's avid pursuit of fly-fishing and at the inspiration the sport provided for his art.

It was fly-fishing that led the eminent painter to three of the locales with which we now associate his name: the Adirondacks in northern New York State, Florida, and Quebec. Each of these distinctive regions elicited unique and strong reactions from the painter, which took form in works that are brilliant studies of light, atmosphere, and the spirit of place.

Homer's fly-fishing paintings are an immensely varied and little-understood aspect of his art. They serve as a counterpoint to all his other work, especially in the 1880s and beyond when fly-fishing represented a regular and sustained activity for the artist. His fishing expeditions offered recreation, rejuvenation, solace, and camaraderie, which spurred his imagination. The intense visual experience of fly-fishing afforded Homer a close involvement with nature's mysterious details, revealing new worlds of color, form, and dynamism. He also found through fishing new outlets for his work, new patrons, and an audience of Victorian-era sportsmen who could comprehend his pictures. 184 illustrations, 123 in color.
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Homer's reputation has been on the rise lately, with his quintessentially "American" watercolors and drawings the subjects of major retrospectives revealing the breadth of his achievement. This volume takes a narrower look, by focusing on the place of fish and fishing in Homer's life and work. Junker is curator of paintings and sculpture at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, and Burns is a professor of fine arts at Indiana University, Bloomington. This catalogue accompanies their co-curated exhibition of the same name, opening in December 2002 in San Francisco before moving on to Fort Worth. It covers everything from Homer's fishing camp in Prout's Neck, Maine, to the trout illustrations from which Homer copped some of his pictorial fish. Of its 184 illustrations, 123 are in color, with an emphasis on full-page reproduction of watercolors, including The Angler (1874), showing a raffish, bearded man casting with panache into a cascading river. While the quality of the scholarship is undeniable, this book's appeal will likely be limited to piscatorially inclined figurative art enthusiasts-which, judging from the amount of cable TV devoted to fishing and painting, may not be an insignificant demographic. (Jan. 6) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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With the plethora of recent Winslow Homer scholarship, it's hard to believe that any aspect of his life and art has not been examined intimately. Yet this work, which accompanies a new exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, illuminates what may be the last understudied aspect of Homer's art: his fly-fishing paintings. While other exhibitions and catalogs have included many of Homer's fishing scenes, no other work has examined his lifelong ardor for the sport in such detail and with such an eye toward clarifying both Homer's creations and the object of his passion. The essays by Junker (curator of sculpture and paintings, Amon Carter Museum) and a distinguished list of art historians are a pleasing recipe of art history and the history, art, and techniques of fly-fishing. Recommended for academic, museum, and public libraries that have strong American art collections or those that cater to an avid fishing community.-Kraig A. Binkowski, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500285633
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 9/19/2005
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 10.02 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Junker is Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Amon Carter Museum. Sarah Burns is the Ruth N. Halls Professor of Fine Arts at Indiana University.
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