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Winslow Homer concluded the monumental marine painting entitled Eight Bells in 1886, one of his best-known works. The scene depicts two sailors using instruments to determine the position their ship is. During this period, the artist wasn’t selling many of his paintings and had financial difficulties. He sold this artwork a year later for a low price and was the first artwork Homer had sold in more than three years. Because of this, he stopped producing oil paintings for a period, working more with watercolor painting instead. A year later he completed Eight Bells, Homer decided to make a black and white version of it in etching. The original painting was exhibited in 1888, and it was praised by the art critics.
While in Prouts Neck, Maine, the artist found some wooden panels in his brother’s sloop, which he took to produce a series of oil paintings. On the first two panels, Homer depicted seascapes in Prouts Neck with mackerel – one taking place at sunset and the other at dawn. The last panel portrayed a ship captain observing his octant (a measuring instrument used in navigation), painted in grisaille, or shades of gray. The third panel ended up becoming a study for Homer’s final masterpiece, Eight Bells. The artist had also done a watercolor study many years earlier during his trip to England with the same subject.
The title of this oil painting refers to the time system developed for sailors, in which a bell strung every thirty minutes. In the final work, Homer radically increased the size of the canvas and decided to include two figures. The ship is barely seen in the work, as he chose to construct a more modern and daring composition – possibly an influence of the Japanese art that went against the traditional standards known by western civilization. The sailors are facing the sea, each looking at their octant. Although the painter creatively changed the correct manner of using the instrument – as both should be looking into it just like the sailor on the left – he conveyed their deep concentration and skill in a breathtaking scene. The cloudy sky ranges from shades of gray, with ochre and brown hints, to off-white pigments and small areas of blue. The turbulent ocean was beautifully painted with varying pigments of blue-gray and white, contrasting with the overall brown colors of the sailors.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Eight Bells, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Eight Bells 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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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 plastic 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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