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Winslow Homer in the National Gallery of Art

features one of America's treasured 19th century artists. Follow the career and works of this self-taught painter from Civil War battlefields and farmlands to the North Sea fishing village of Cullercoats, the rocky coast of Maine, the Adirondacks, and the Caribbean. See 35 high-resolution images of his paintings. (Zoom in for a closeup of brush strokes and details.) See video clips about his life (1836-1910). (National Gallery of Art)

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Interesting Fact:

Homer was born in Boston, the second of three sons. As a young man, he was apprenticed to a commercial lithographer for two years before becoming a freelance illustrator in 1857. Soon he was a major contributor to such popular magazines as Harper's Weekly; in 1859 he moved to New York to pursue his ambitions as a painter.
'Mending the Nets,' Winslow Homer, 1882, watercolor and gouache over graphite on paper, Bequest of Julia B. Engel.

Mending the Nets

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