The Blue Boat

The Blue Boat
Artist Winslow Homer
Year 1892
Medium Watercolor on paper
Location Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Dimensions 15.1 x 21.5 in
38 x 55 cm
Famous Paintings by Winslow Homer
Snap the Whip
The Gulf Stream
Breezing Up (A Fair Wind)
Right and Left
The Fox Hunt
Eight Bells
The Life Line
The Herring Net
The Blue Boat
Complete Works

The Blue Boat is a work by Winslow Homer done in his favorite medium of watercolor, measuring about 15.1 by 21.5 inches. It is an outdoor scene depicting 2 men fishing from a small blue canoe. It is a work that is alive with color and motion, and the artist’s perspective of a viewer some distance away allows for the addition of rich detail for the sky, the water, and the land.

A Mature Work of Art

The watercolor work was completed in 1892. It is thus a later product of his long career in naturalism, done after he had earned a reputation as one of the great American painters.

Homer’s Favorite Subject

As an independent and successful artist, Homer painted the subjects of his choice. He lived near the sea for most of the latter half of his life, and many of his major works reflect his lifelong interest in related topics such as the sea, beaches, boats, and bathers.

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