Winslow Homer

homer1February 24, 1836 – September 29, 1910

A self-taught master of oils and watercolors, Winslow Homer was a New Englander through and through. He began his career as an illustrator for popular magazines like Harper’s Weekly. He continued to fine tune his craft and fixated on subjects that were considerably more common and less “picturesque” than much of the art that was popular at the time. Homer spent time in France and England before returning to New England and holing up in coastal Maine. His love of the sea and water is obvious in many of his works. Despite his time in Europe, he chose to remain true to his rough but realistic works instead of expanding to the increasingly-popular Impressionist movement. Winslow Homer was something of a hermit, but nonetheless was able to see the success of many of his paintings like Breezing Up (A Fair Wind) and Fox Hunt become reality. He was also able to make a living  on his paintings alone by the end of his life. A rarity back then. He painted until the end of his life and died in his cabin in Maine at the age of 74, leaving a number of unfinished works.


Mt. Auburn Cemetery – Cambridge, MA

homer1 - mt auburn - 11-13-13

Specific Location

Lily Path; Follow Lily Path south up the hill from the intersection of Poplar Ave. and Willow Ave., Homer is buried with his family on your left



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