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Surf at Prout's Neck

Title: Surf at Prout's Neck
Artist: Homer, Winslow    
Date of Work: c. 1895
Medium/Support: watercolor on paper
Measurements: 12 1/4 x 21 1/2 in (31.1 x 54.6 cm)
Inscribed: Yes
Inscription Type: impressed estate seal
Inscription Location: lower left
Inscription Text: WINSLOW / HOMER
Inscription Type 2: illegible impressed seal
Inscription Location 2: lower right
Acquisition Information: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Brown
Acquisition Number: 964.525.1
Credit Line: The White House Historical Association (White House Collection)
Scholar's Notes:

"A dramatic high sea is viewed from the rocky ledge of the coastline. These foreground rocks are brushed in solidly in an opaque brown. Between a film of weathery sky and a relatively quiet ebb tide of water at hand lie dark, dense surging waves that at several points burst over rocks into white spray. The white water seems to be expressed entirely by untouched paper. Elsewhere, Homer confines himself to grays, thin light strokes toward the bottom, heavier overlays in the dark cresting waves, and in the sky a . . . washing together of grays . . . . "The painting is extremely free, with no apparent underdrawing, and it exhibits a variety of brushstrokes."

Source of Scholar's Notes: Kloss, William, et al. Art in the White House: A Nation's Pride. Washington, D.C.: The White House Historical Association, 2008.
Page Number(s) in Source: 217
Categories: White House Art Collection  
Type: seascapes   
Orientation: Landscape
Image ID: 59
Date (chronological sort): 1895