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Winslow Homer painted the iconic artwork entitled Dad’s Coming in 1873. This oil on wood painting is possibly a final version of the watercolor Waiting For Dad, done in the same year. He also concluded a more graphic version of the work in woodcut print. The artist was visiting Massachusetts over the summer, in the city of Gloucester, and began working regularly with watercolor during this period. Homer quickly mastered this technique, using it for finished paintings, as well as studies for works he would later conclude in his studio. His work with watercolor varied from Realism to a more Impressionistic approach. At first, critics called Homer’s watercolors child-like and desperate, but the public had a great response to his production in this media, and the critics soon changed their opinion.
On August of 1873, one hundred and twenty-eight men lost their lives out at sea, after a devastating storm destroyed nine ships. The tragedy caused a significant impact on the artist and inspired him to paint Waiting For Dad and Dad’s Coming – both portraying a small boy looking out in at the ocean, in hopes of his father’s return. The first version done in watercolor is looser, has a cool color palette, and features the boy as the central figure. Both works transpire sadness and sense of hope, but Homer gives a complete image of the tragedy in the final version.
The oil painting Dad’s Coming tends more to Realism than the study. The colors are very natural, and the palette is very warm – as if the happy, sunny day were a contrast to the gloomy characters. The boy’s brown clothing almost blends in with the color of the boat he sits on. The front of the rowboat is leaning on a log, putting the boy on at a high point in the composition – over the horizon and almost the same height as his mother. A woman and a baby are the two figures missing in the original study and are the elements that Homer needed to include to create a more unobstructed view of the situation. The mother’s face is partially covered by the babies head in her lap, who turns away from the viewer and the ocean. The baby’s bright pink dress pops out of the almost monochromatic landscape.
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