Homer's home

By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 16, 2010

Other fortunate and welcome inclusions in the exhibition are the three selections from Homer’s time in Cullercoats, a coastal village in England. As the son of an ambitious, whimsical businessman, Homer was comfortably bourgeois in his youth, and the works produced in his visit to the more industrialized England may well provide clues to his later years. Where previously he often portrayed daydreaming or heartsick females in leisurely tableaux, these landscapes focus luridly on women in hardworking quotidian settings. This left turn perhaps foreshadows Homer’s forthcoming decision to drop out of the foreground of the American fine-art landscape and spend the rest of his days in our backyard, living frugally and painting in seclusion. Or maybe it was the clam chowder.

Nicholas Schroeder can be reached at mrnicholasschroeder@gmail.com.

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