Prior to his famous paintings, Winslow Homer's artistic vision (1836–1910) was largely realized in a commercially available ephemeral medium: magazine illustration. In fact, the only official art education of an artist born in Boston took place in the workshop of a local commercial lithographer, J.H. Bufford. During the “Golden Age of Illustrations” of the mid-19th century, Homer created hundreds of images for the pages of popular periodicals such as Harper's Weekly.
At the exhibition "America Winslow Homer"a collection of 46 newly acquired woodcuts dating from 1858–1875 will be presented.
Together, fingerprints track changes in Homer's compositional strategies and preferred subjects - household, leisure, and manual labor, all amid idyllic New England landscapes - which continued even after he abandoned the illustration in the late 1880s.