What is tattoo Tuesday about?

February 25, 2014


February 24 was Winslow Homer’s 178th birthday.  Homer is probably best known for his seascapes, but he started his career as a print maker.  In 1861, he was sent to the front as an artist-correspondent recording the battles and conditions of the American Civil War.

He lived a good part of his life in New York City employed as a magazine illustrator, but his travels to the east coast of New England, the White Mountains of New Hampshire and eventually to Europe – Paris and the English seaside, influenced his work.  He has been described as foreshadowing the abstract movement, but I think his work is most characterized by his mastery of air, water and weather.

A longer biography can be found here.

Homer eventually settled in Prouts Neck, Maine.  Some of his most famous paintings come from his life and work in that area.  Interestingly, his studio still exists and it has recently been restored:

On September 25, 2012 the Portland Museum of Art opened the Winslow Homer Studio to the public for the first time. One of the most significant locations in the history of American art, the Studio, located at Prouts Neck, Maine, is where the great American artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910) lived and painted many of his masterpieces from 1883 until his death.

Ref. Pine State Services (of all things)

It is tattoo Tuesday, but I thought that finding a tattoo related to Winslow Homer was a long-shot, but I was wrong:






 by Winslow Homer



  1. I like Homer. He painted some wonderful seascapes. I think his painting, Breezing Up was the first one I bought. Good post.

    • 🙂

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