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Winslow Homer painted a series of artworks during his many visits to Key West, Florida, between the years 1888 and 1903, including Coconut Palms, Key West. During this period, the artist worked extensively with watercolor painting, and he produced many other magnificent artworks with this media while on his trips, like Key West, A Norther – Key West, and Taking on Wet Provisions.
The artist had different approaches to watercolor painting, as he was influenced by the Impressionists – their way of observing natural sunlight and expressing that with loose brushstrokes. Homer already painted outdoors before having contact with this group of French painters, who made this technique famous as painting en plein air. Modern artists like Pierre Auguste Renoir and Claude Oscar Monet were profoundly influenced by the vibrant nature portrayed in the Japanese art. These exotic artworks were crafted in Ukiyo-e woodcut prints, a technique that gave a watercolor effect – very different than the classic oil paintings.
It was by the 1900s that Homer was able to recover his financial situation, as his watercolors were a great success with the public. After his father’s death – who he was caring for – the artist also had some financial relief, as well as receiving some real estate money. The work Coconut Palms, Key West, is an excellent example of Homer’s more conservative and traditional watercolor paintings. It is a breathtaking example of the exuberant nature of this tropical location. The artist worked as a commercial illustrator for magazines in the past, and this quality of his work shows in this particular piece, as it is almost like a scientific illustration.
Although Coconut Palms, Key West is very precise and technical, the painting doesn’t lose the artist’s touch of keen intuition. Homer developed a brilliant composition, giving a close-up view of the top of a towering coconut tree, which stands in the forefront. Its large fan-like leaves take up the left side of the vertical paper in shades of green, brown and yellow. The artist used an orange-brown pigment to color the bundles of coconuts and light blue for the details of long leaves. The background leads the viewer's eyes into the distance in watery shades of light blue and some more coconut trees in loosely painted brush strokes.
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