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Winslow Homer’s crowning masterwork, began in 1873 and finished three years later in the year of the U.S. centennial, is a striking narrative of turbulence, resilience and dramatic movement. Breezing Up (or A Fair Wind) is the culmination of Homer’s fascination with, and close study of the sea. Beautifully anchored by the schooner in the distance and to the right of the foreground craft, the sense of forceful movement is not only visualised but felt. The tumbling vessel, however, is taking a gentle and definitive trajectory despite the choppy waters beneath. Perched precariously as the foam from the sea covers the craft, the boaters appear contrastingly confident and secure. Seen by many as an allegory of the United States after its first century, the distant horizon reinforces a sense of wild space, and is characterised by the resilient nonchalance of the boaters. Proudly on show at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C, this figurative reproduction of a seascape is one of the most enduring summations of the American spirit.
Breezing Up (or A Fair Wind) dates from the period which saw Homer frequently visit Gloucester, Massachusetts, initially experimenting in watercolour. It was a period of frenetic creative output and experimentation. The immense collections of sketches Winslow made in Gloucester were used to perfectly render the image captured in Breezing Up (or A Fair Wind). The occupants of Homer’s catboat are made up primarily of children. Recent studies of the painting have shown that before certain amendments it was the adult that held onto both the sheet and tiller of the craft. Clearly, Homer wanted to emphasise the optimism and spirit of hope for the next generation by putting some of the control of this national symbol in the hands of a child.