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Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting

June 23, 2018 - October 28, 2018

This exhibition explores the question of Homer’s relationship with the medium of photography and its impact on his artistic practice.

Introduction

This exhibition explores the question of Homer’s relationship with the medium of photography and its impact on his artistic practice. As one attuned to appearances and how to represent them, Homer understood that photography, as a new technology of sight, had much to reveal. This exhibition thus adds an important new dimension to our appreciation of this pioneering American painter, demonstrating his recognition that photography did not undermine, but instead complemented his larger artistic interests.

Major support for this exhibition and catalogue is provided by The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, the Elizabeth B. G. Hamlin Fund, the Stevens L. Frost Endowment Fund, the Becker Fund for the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Peter J. Grua ’76 and Mary G. O’Connell ’76, the Devonwood Foundation, Robert and Elisabeth Freson, and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art. Additional support has been provided by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, Charles and Elizabeth Lyman, Judy Glickman Lauder, Steven P. Marrow ’83, P’21 and Dianne A. Pappas P’91, Lee Sprague, John A. Gibbons, Jr. ’64 and Lile R. Gibbons P’88, ’91, ’93 and ’96, the Karl R. Philbrick Art Museum Fund, The Cowles Charitable Trust, Betsy Evans Hunt, the Roy A. Hunt Foundation, Patricia Brown, and an anonymous donor.

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Exhibition sponsor

Bank of America

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Works in the Exhibition

"Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln," March 4, 1861, salt print, attributed to Alexander Gardner (1821–1882). Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine

"Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln," March 4, 1861, salt print, attributed to Alexander Gardner (1821–1882). Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine

"The Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States at the Capitol," wood engraving, published in Harper’s Weekly, March 16, 1861, by Winslow Homer. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine.

"The Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States at the Capitol," wood engraving, published in Harper’s Weekly, March 16, 1861, by Winslow Homer. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine.

"Winslow Homer at Marshfield," ca. 1869, albumen silver print by an unknown photographer. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine.

"Winslow Homer at Marshfield," ca. 1869, albumen silver print by an unknown photographer. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine.

"The Nooning," ca. 1872, oil on canvas, by Winslow Homer. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford. CT.

"The Nooning," ca. 1872, oil on canvas, by Winslow Homer. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford. CT.

"Weaning the Calf," 1875, oil on canvas, by Winslow Homer. Purchased with Funds from the State of North Carolina. North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC.

"Weaning the Calf," 1875, oil on canvas, by Winslow Homer. Purchased with Funds from the State of North Carolina. North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC.

"Winslow Homer in New York," 1880, albumen silver print by Napoleon Sarony (1821–1896). Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Winslow Homer in New York," 1880, albumen silver print by Napoleon Sarony (1821–1896). Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Perils of the Sea," 1881, watercolor, by Winslow Homer. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massaschusetts. Image © Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA

"Perils of the Sea," 1881, watercolor, by Winslow Homer. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massaschusetts. Image © Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA

Three manikins purchased by Winslow Homer in Tynemouth, England, 1881–83, wood and cloth. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine.

Three manikins purchased by Winslow Homer in Tynemouth, England, 1881–83, wood and cloth. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine.

"Head of a Girl," 1882, graphite, by Winslow Homer. The Columbus Museum, Museum purchase made possible by a generous donation from Mr. and Mrs. Stephen T. Butler in memory of Sarah Smith Hart

"Head of a Girl," 1882, graphite, by Winslow Homer. The Columbus Museum, Museum purchase made possible by a generous donation from Mr. and Mrs. Stephen T. Butler in memory of Sarah Smith Hart

"Cullercoats Coble," 1882, albumen silver print, by Winslow Homer. Private Collection, courtesy of The Strong Museum, Rochester, New York. Image courtesy of The Strong Museum, Rochester, NY

"Cullercoats Coble," 1882, albumen silver print, by Winslow Homer. Private Collection, courtesy of The Strong Museum, Rochester, New York. Image courtesy of The Strong Museum, Rochester, NY

Mawson & Swan camera owned by Winslow Homer, ca. 1882. Gift of Neal Paulsen, in memory of James Ott and in honor of David James Ott ’74. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine.

Mawson & Swan camera owned by Winslow Homer, ca. 1882. Gift of Neal Paulsen, in memory of James Ott and in honor of David James Ott ’74. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine.

"Surf and Rock near Cannon Rock," Prout’s Neck, ca. 1884, charcoal, chalk, by Winslow Homer. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine.

"Surf and Rock near Cannon Rock," Prout’s Neck, ca. 1884, charcoal, chalk, by Winslow Homer. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine.

"Winslow Homer’s Studio," ca. 1884, albumen silver print by an unidentified photographer. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine.

"Winslow Homer’s Studio," ca. 1884, albumen silver print by an unidentified photographer. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine.

"Winslow Homer, Charles S. Homer, Sr., and Sam at Prout’s Neck," ca. 1884, albumen silver print, by Simon Towle. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Winslow Homer, Charles S. Homer, Sr., and Sam at Prout’s Neck," ca. 1884, albumen silver print, by Simon Towle. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Cliff at Prout’s Neck," ca. 1885, albumen silver print by Winslow Homer. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Cliff at Prout’s Neck," ca. 1885, albumen silver print by Winslow Homer. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Eight Bells," 1886, oil on canvas by Winslow Homer. Gift of anonymous donor, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA. Photography: Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

"Eight Bells," 1886, oil on canvas by Winslow Homer. Gift of anonymous donor, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA. Photography: Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

"Jumping Trout," 1889, watercolor, by Winslow Homer. Museum Purchase, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, Brooklyn Museum.

"Jumping Trout," 1889, watercolor, by Winslow Homer. Museum Purchase, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, Brooklyn Museum.

"The End of the Hunt," 1892, watercolor by Winslow Homer. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine.

"The End of the Hunt," 1892, watercolor by Winslow Homer. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine.

"The Fountains at Night, World’s Columbian Exposition," 1893, oil on canvas, by Winslow Homer. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine.

"The Fountains at Night, World’s Columbian Exposition," 1893, oil on canvas, by Winslow Homer. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine.

"High Cliff, Coast of Maine," 1894, oil on canvas by Winslow Homer. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of William T. Evans. Photography: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

"High Cliff, Coast of Maine," 1894, oil on canvas by Winslow Homer. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of William T. Evans. Photography: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Artist’s Studio in an Afternoon Fog, 1894, oil on canvas, Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester, R.T. Miller Fund.

Artist’s Studio in an Afternoon Fog, 1894, oil on canvas, Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester, R.T. Miller Fund.

 "Winslow Homer with 'The Gulf Stream' in his studio," ca. 1900, gelatin silver print, by an unidentified photographer. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Winslow Homer with 'The Gulf Stream' in his studio," ca. 1900, gelatin silver print, by an unidentified photographer. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"River Scene, Florida," ca. 1904–05, gelatin silver print, attributed to Winslow Homer. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

"River Scene, Florida," ca. 1904–05, gelatin silver print, attributed to Winslow Homer. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

"Winslow Homer," 1908, gelatin silver print by an unidentified photographer. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine.

"Winslow Homer," 1908, gelatin silver print by an unidentified photographer. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine.

Visiting the Exhibition

June 23, 2018 - October 28, 2018

    Halford Gallery, Center Gallery, John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery, Focus Gallery, Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery

Press

Enjoy these articles about the exhibition

Maine Sunday Telegram, June 24, 2018
Boston Globe, June 28, 2018
Wall Street Journal, July 4, 2018
Travel and Leisure, July 11, 2018
Apollo, June 14, 2018
National Review, August 18, 2018