Since the 1800’s, the magnetism of Maine’s natural beauty has drawn many an American artist.
Among the best known and most popular is Winslow Homer whose home and studio on Prouts Neck in Scarborough, Maine is now open to the public as part of the offerings of the Portland Museum of Art. From 1883 until his death in 1910, Homer spent much of his time here painting many of his best known works. Until 2006, the property remained in the hands of his heirs who, becoming concerned that it would be lost to future generations, sold it to the museum.
The studio is meticulously renovated, however, little of the original furnishings is there.
Some of what is left struck me as reflecting both Homer’s sense of whimsy and his personal taste.
The second floor porch looks out upon a broad expanse of sea. I could imagine Homer standing there smelling the salty air,
watching waves crashing against craggy rocks
and observing places where worn gray was broken by clusters of color.
How could these images not be among the very ones interpreted on canvas?
In the distance, a small craft cavorted among the waves
reminding me of Homer’s paintings reflecting the struggle of man against nature. How different today’s scene is from one that inspired this painting.
Yes, Maine has influenced the work of painters from Homer to Hopper to Bellows to Indiana to Katz to Estes and I wonder how different their work would have been without their having experienced the magic of place.
Note: The images of the two paintings are borrowed from Wikipedia
i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind
You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday