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This section provides several chronologies related to the artist's life and work, in addition to an accession history highlighting donations of works by Homer to the National Gallery of Art, a PDF checklist of works in the exhibition Winslow Homer in the National Gallery of Art, and some suggested resources for further study.

VISUAL CHRONOLOGY OF REPRESENTATIVE WORKS BY WINSLOW HOMER

Visual chronology of representative works by Homer

Links to all works by Winslow Homer in the National Gallery of Art

Accession history of the National Gallery's Winslow Homer collection

Exhibition checklist of works in Winslow Homer in the National Gallery of Art

Slideshow of 35 selected works in the exhibition (requires Flash)

Suggested resources:

American Art 1785–1926: Seven Artist Profiles (DVD), National Gallery of Art, 2001.

Winslow Homer (exhibition catalogue), by Nicolai Cikovsky Jr. and Franklin Kelly, National Gallery of Art and Yale University Press, 1995.

Winslow Homer: The Nature of the Artist (film), National Gallery of Art, 1986.

Winslow Homer: The Nature of the Artist (video guide), by Charles M. Brock, National Gallery of Art, 1986.

Winslow Homer in the National Gallery of Art (exhibition brochure), National Gallery of Art, 2005.

Loan programs available from the Department of Education Resources

1836 Born in Boston

1842 Family moves to Cambridge

1855 Begins two-year apprenticeship in the Boston lithography shop of John H. Bufford

1857 Becomes a freelance illustrator
 
1859 Moves to New York City and attends drawing classes at the National Academy of Design

1861 Sent to front as an artist-correspondent at the start of the Civil War

1863 Debuts as professional painter at the National Academy of Design's annual exhibition

1865 Elected full academician of National Academy of Design

1866 Sails for France for ten months and exhibits two paintings at the Universal Exposition in Paris

1873 Begins first series of watercolors in Gloucester, Massachusetts

1875 Gives up illustration and relies on sale of watercolors for income

1878 Visits Houghton Farm, New York

1881 Spends twenty months in the fishing village of Cullercoats, England, on the North Sea

1882 Returns to New York;  continues working on English subjects

1883 Settles permanently at Prouts' Neck, Maine

1884 Begins regular winter trips to the tropics (the Bahamas, Florida, Cuba, and Bermuda)

1894  Exhibits 15 paintings at the Chicago World's Fair; awarded gold medal

1889 Begins regular visits to the Adirondacks to fish and paint

1900 Awarded gold medal at the Paris Exposition

1910 Dies in his Prout's Neck studio at age 74

   

 

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