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Winslow Homer concluded the watercolor painting entitled Boys in a Dory I in 1880. This was a reoccurring theme for the artist, as he also painted the work Boys in a Dory, Three Boys in a Dory, Seven Boys in a Dory, among others. After working on the frontline of the American Civil War as an illustrator, painting dense scenes of what he experienced and saw on the battlefield, Homer turned to the common everyday views of rural America. He focused on the balance of nature and humankind, painting people in leisure and children playing. Although, after 1881, Homer’s focus changed drastically after his two-year stay at the Cullercoats.
It was earlier in 1873 that the American artist turned to working with watercolor painting, quickly mastering the technique and willing to experiment with different styles. Only two years later, he gave up entirely on working as a freelance commercial illustrator and dedicated himself to his artistic career. Always traveling, the painter found different motifs and views to portray. The 1880s translated a significant time for Homer, as his life experiences drove him into achieving a new level of intensity in his art.
The painting Boys in a Dory I depicts a simple scene of three boys in a rowboat. The central figure sits on the front of the boat wearing dark pants, a blue shirt, and a hat, staring out into the deep sea. Although he is accompanied by his friends, the atmosphere of the painting is of profound solitude. The figure of the boy is very similar to Homer’s previous work entitled Waiting for Dad, done in 1873, as his image also goes over the horizon line. The other two people in the boat are not well defined, giving a slight idea of their position.
The sea was painted in expressive and watery brush strokes of blue tonalities, while the reflex of the rowboat was portrayed in dark shades of brown, blue, black, and red. The far background shows two large sailboats on the horizon, one to the right and the other to the left of the composition. Homer used many different techniques in his watercolor works; in this case, the sky seems to have been painted with a sponge effect in light blue over white.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Boys in a Dory I, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Boys in a Dory I 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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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.
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