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The American painter Winslow Homer concluded the artwork entitled Beach Scene, also known as Children in the Surf, in 1869. The artist was living in New York City at the time and worked as a commercial illustrator, but was slowly building his career as an artist as well. This was a period of experimentation, as he traveled to seaside resorts in nearby cities, like New Jersey and Massachusetts. Homer also made frequent trips to the Adirondack mountains, in New York, where he would work mainly with watercolors depicting the relationship between humankind and nature – mostly fishing and hunting scenes.
Similar to the French avant-garde artists of the Impressionism, Homer enjoyed painting outdoors to observe the effects sunlight on the landscape – even though he was working in this manner before meeting the modern group of painters, which called this painting en plein air. They also had a common interest in the exotic woodcut prints of Japanese artists like Hokusai, with vibrant colors and stylized, organic forms displayed with unusual compositions. Although there wasn’t much change in Homer’s work due to the Impressionists, his color palette brightened a bit, and he had more direct contact with modern painting, helping the artist broaden his horizons.
In Children in the Surf, Homer takes an Impressionistic approach to portraying the scene using expressive brush strokes and complementary color palettes. The artwork depicts a group of about fifteen children frolicking on the seashore. The sky is a mixture of ochre, brown, and yellow pigments, while the ocean is a very dark purple-blue tonality that gets lighter as it gets closer to the shore. Homer used shades of off-white to highlight the waves, as well as the shallow water in which most of the kids play in.
The boys wear dark clothing and are farther in the water than the girls, that wear lighter colored dresses. On the right, a group of three smaller girls with white hats observe the energetic boys splashing in the ocean. Closer to the viewer, a lonely girl facing the sea stands out, as she wears a white and red dress with a black bow. Her long brown hair covers her shoulders and upper body, while her hands are in front of her, giving the viewer a lingering feeling as to what she might be thinking.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Beach Scene (or Children in the Surf), you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Beach Scene (or Children in the Surf) 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.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
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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.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
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,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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