7th grade research (winslow homer )

Winslow Homer was born on February 24, 1836 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Homer was educated at the National Academy Museum and School.  Winslow Homer’s first job was as a print maker in Boston and he continued this work when he moved to New York in 1859. In 1861 Winslow Homer began to work for Harper’s Weekly as an editor and design chief.  At this point in his career he also began  to do oil paintings of scenes from the Civil War.  He continued to do war paintings while working for Haper’s weekly magazine.  After the Civil War Winslow Homer returned to New York and continued to paint pictures while earning his living as a designer and illustrator for magazines.Winslow found much of his inspirations from seaside Massachusetts, New Jersey, White Mountains area and other small rural towns. In 1866 Homer spent ten months in France working in the countryside painting.  Homer liked to paint children playing in parks or children with their parents in outdoor settings.  Although Homer was primarily an oil painter at this time, he began to work with water colors.  Homer’s continuing to work with water colors in the 1870’s led to his finally making enough money to get away from the freelance magazine work he had been doing. In the 1870’s Winslow Homer returned to Virginia to see how the region had changed post Civil War.  His post war work had a very somber mood to it.  In 1881 Winslow Homer took his last trip abroad to England where he again worked on seaside themed paintings. While in England most of his artwork showed life in the seaside towns and that of fisherman.  In 1883, Homer returned to the United States and settled outside of Portland, Maine in a small town called Prout’s Neck, Maine. Homer remained in Maine until his death on September 29, 1910.  His work in his later years was again about seaside life done primarily in  water colors.  His work can still be seen today in many museums throughout the world.

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