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Winslow Homer Lecture Series: Homer's Wine-Dark Seas

Saturday, September 14

2:00 p.m.

Exhibition Related Programs, Lectures, Readings, Films

Winslow Homer (1836–1910), Ten Pound Island, 1880. Watercolor on paper. Cape Ann Museum. Gift of the children of Harold and Betty Bell, 2010 (2010.28).


Presented by Marc Simpson, Independent Scholar

From 1873 to at least 1905, Winslow Homer made watercolors that figure among the most glorious of his achievements. "You will see," he said, "in the future I will live by my watercolors"—and this has proven to be the case. But even in the context of these remarkable accomplishments, his views of sunsets and fireworks done in Gloucester in the summer of 1880 stand out. Consideration of them, and of a small cluster of later works, prompts reflections on both Homer’s spirituality and his heroism. These in turn, especially in the context of comparisons that have been made between Homer and his colleague James McNeill Whistler, raise questions about how we write art history.

This program is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869 – 1880. Cost is $10 for Museum members; $20 nonmembers (includes admission). Tickets available online at Eventbrite or by calling (978)283-0455 x10.


EXHIBITION RELATED PROGRAMS     This lecture is the first in a series of four lectures offered in conjunction with Homer at the Beach. In addition, a two-day scholarly symposium, walking tours, sailing excursions, extended viewing hours, CAM members events and children’s programs are also scheduled.

Download a program guide here


Winslow Homer and Women’s Bathing Practices
Saturday, August 17, 10:30 a.m.
Elizabeth Block, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Winslow Homer: Picturing the Tropics
Thursday, August 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Dana Byrd, Bowdoin College

Homer’s Wine-Dark Seas
Saturday, September 14 at 2:00 p.m.
Marc Simpson, Independent Scholar

Winslow Homer and the North Sea
Saturday, November 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Athens, University of Connecticut

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