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Winslow Homer concluded the intimate oi painting entitled Moonlight in 1874. The artwork portrays a couple sitting on a pier and looking out at the shinning full moon over the ocean. The figures are against the light, so they are cast in a dark shadow, giving the work a mysterious atmosphere. The couple is placed almost centered on the canvas and represent the focal point.
The artist played with a simple composition, making Moonlight an intriguing work to observe. The forefront shows a brown pier with dark cracks and spots, leading the eye to the couple. The sea is dark on the left, and the other side reflects the bright white moonlight, contrasting with the dark couple. A wave crashes creating a beautiful bubbly splash on the shore. The sky in blue-gray and holds some long, thin clouds that streak across it, forming an angle with the horizon. Homer used a cool color palette to give an atmosphere of a chilly night, as well as realistic brushstrokes.
It was during this period that Homer began working regularly with watercolor painting. He immediately mastered this difficult craft and, even though he received some negative comments from the critics, his watercolor paintings were a success. The artist was able to sell many paintings of this new media – artworks that went from realistic approaches to a more Impressionistic style.
In 1875, Homer was able to quit his job as a freelancer for commercial illustration, dedicating himself to artistic painting, representing a period of great experimentation. The main subjects he worked with during this period where rural farm life scenes with children or young adults. In the late 1870s, Homer became more secluded and stopped depicting women in moments of leisure, but working instead. His love for portraying the sea only grew, but with a different aspect than the romantic seascape in Moonlight. His focus went to the marine weather and the magnificent nature of the sea, as well as the labor that comes along with this atmosphere.
Homer was living and working in Virginia during the Civil War, documenting what he saw in paintings. During the mid-1870s, the artist returned to the American state to portray and observe former slaves. Homer was interested in seeing how their life changed after the Emancipation and incorporating this into his art.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Moonlight, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Moonlight 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.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
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 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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