Winslow Homer (1836-1910) is a household name in America, considered by many to be America's greatest artist. There he ranks alongside James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent, both so much better known in Britain. Homer's watercolours are some of the best anywhere, crystalline in freshness and quality. His accent is uniquely American, and his vision has become part of America's self-image. Although so little known in this country, he did visit, painting seascapes in Northumberland from 1880-81.
This exhibition - the first ever one-man show devoted to Winslow Homer in this country - will reveal the full wealth of his talent, linking him to the great tradition of Western painting represented so richly on the walls of the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Homer painted fine military scenes, inventive images of domestic life, portrayals of black experience, but he is perhaps at his most magical in his landscapes and seascapes, both in oil and watercolour. These works demonstrate well his freshness of vision, his humanity, his inventiveness, his emotional and psychological complexity.
This exhibition (curated by Sophie Lévy, curator at the Musée d'Art Américain, Giverny, and Turner expert, Eric Shanes) will come as a revelation to the British public. Exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery 22 February-21 May 2006