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The American artist Winslow Homer concluded the watercolor painting entitled A Good One in 1889. The artist had been working with this media since the 1870s and mastered the technique in his unique way – varying from realistic representations to a more modern and experimental style inspired by the Impressionists. Even though Homer was already painting – what the French call – en plein air (outdoors) before meeting artists of the Impressionist movement, he was greatly influenced by their style.
Homer began his career as a commercial illustrator but ultimately decided to focus his career on traditional oil and watercolor painting in 1875. The artwork A Good One is an example of the artists more experimental works in this media. He would take regular trips to the Adirondack Mountains in New York, where he stayed at the North Woods Club and was inspired by the outdoor sports – mainly hunting and fishing – to work freely with watercolor techniques. The multiple influences captured by Homer in his body of work made his production extremely appraised by the critics.
In A Good One, the artist portrayed a fishing scene in a warm color palette, representing a summer day. Like in many of Homer’s paintings, the central figure of the artwork has his back facing the viewer, giving a sense of mystery to what his expression could be and his appearance. The scene depicted is the exact moment that the fisherman is reeling in his catch – he pulls back the rod, which is bent and extends his right arm to grab a small net. The man wears a blue shirt with a gray hat.
The forefront of the canvas shows beautifully reflected pigments of red-brown, ochre, and dark brown on the light blue water. On the right of the paper, there is a fallen tree trunk and right beside it, the brown rowboat. Homer depicts the beautiful surrounding vegetation in vibrant pigments of green, ochre, yellow, and blue. The far background was loosely painted with watery brush strokes. Homer’s choice of a complementary and vibrant color palette was most likely an influence of the Impressionists, but he incorporates dark shades as well and represents the landscape in his unique manner. The artist’s choice in common themes and subjects of the everyday life in nature was also a very modern take on painting.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of A Good One, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of A Good One that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
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You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
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meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
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