Coming Away

Winslow Homer and England

Elizabeth Athens, Brandon Ruud, and Martha Tedeschi

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A fascinating exploration of the time Winslow Homer spent in England and how it influenced his art

Winslow Homer (1836–1910) is widely regarded as the greatest American painter of the 19th century, but it is not well known that he spent a pivotal period of time on the other side of the Atlantic. The eighteen months Homer spent in England in 1881 and 1882—studying the work of masters such as J. M. W. Turner and Lawrence Alma-Tadema, and exploring the landscape of coastal villages—irrevocably shaped his creative identity.
This beautifully designed and produced publication explores Homer’s time in England and how it influenced his art, as he attempted to reconcile his affinity for traditional subject matter with his increasingly modern aesthetic vision. Coming Away complicates our understanding of his work and convincingly argues that it has more cosmopolitan underpinnings than previously thought.

Elizabeth Athens is assistant curator of American art at the Worcester Art Museum. Brandon K. Ruud is the Abert Family Curator of American Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Martha Tedeschi is the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums.


Worcester Art Museum

Milwaukee Art Museum

ISBN: 9780300229905
Publication Date: November 28, 2017
Publishing Partner: Published in association with the Worcester Art Museum and the Milwaukee Art Museum
168 pages, 9 1/2 x 11
100 color illus.
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