Winslow Homer: The Nature of Observation

Winslow Homer: The Nature of Observation

by Elizabeth Johns
     
 


"Once again Elizabeth Johns has created a paradigm shift in our understanding of one of America's greatest painters. Peering behind the curtain that Homer drew over his private life, Johns offers a bracing, provocative, and sensitive reading of his works in light of his personal journey and his relations with his close-knit family. Her vast knowledge, profound… See more details below

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"Once again Elizabeth Johns has created a paradigm shift in our understanding of one of America's greatest painters. Peering behind the curtain that Homer drew over his private life, Johns offers a bracing, provocative, and sensitive reading of his works in light of his personal journey and his relations with his close-knit family. Her vast knowledge, profound insight, and breathtaking originality illuminate every page."—H. Barbara Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Johns's eloquent evocation of the spiritual dimension of Homer's great late paintings achieves her goal of reintroducing 'faith in the transcendent' [into] scholarly discourse."—Jules David Prown, author of Art as Evidence: Writings on Art and Material Culture

"Elizabeth Johns’s biography of Homer revolutionizes our understanding of this well-known yet enigmatic artist. Arguing that "the themes [Homer] pursued come from his life," Johns uses Erik Erikson’s theories of identity and life cycle to frame her investigation of Homer’s personal choices—choices revealed in his correspondence with his family, his relationship with other artists, and the social expectations of his milieu. Through this sensitive and elegantly written book, we come to know, even identify with, Homer’s developmental journey, and so appreciate more fully the magnificent achievement of his art."—Carol Troyen, John Moors Cabot Curator of American Paintings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520227255
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/07/2002
Series:
Ahmanson Murphy Fine Arts Book Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Nature of Observation

1. The Artist as a Young Man
2. The Search for a Subject, the Search for a Career
3. The Nature of Midlife
4. "The Life That I Have Chosen"

Notes
Index

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