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The American painter Winslow Homer concluded the artwork entitled Sailboat and Fourth of July Fireworks in 1880. Homer began his career working with commercial illustration and was even hired to work in Virginia during the Civil War, portraying many substantial scenes of American history in oil paintings and prints. After the war was over, the artist leaped and chose to concentrate on his artistic career, turning to watercolor painting in 1873 and giving up on freelance illustration only two years later.
The 1870s were a decade of experimentation in Homer’s work, mainly with watercolor. His artwork was mostly optimistic and portrayed rural America with a nostalgic feeling. By the year the artist painted Sailboat and Fourth of July Fireworks, he started to become more isolated from society, and a year later he made one of his most marking trips, which changed his artwork forever. Homer traveled to the village of Cullercoats where his bright and cheerful view on humankind’s relationship with nature turned into a struggle for survival.
By using watercolor, Homer was able to depict outdoor scenes with much ease and practicality. His artworks with this medium varied from more realistic and detailed representations to loose and Impressionistic approaches. An interesting fact about his technique is that, although the Impressionists made painting en plein air famous, other artists also already preferred painting on location without that being influenced by the French artists – like Homer who worked outdoors before meeting the Impressionist artists.
In Sailboat and Fourth of July Fireworks, Homer used watercolor and gouache over woven paper, which gives the artwork a unique texture. The artist portrays a sailboat on the water during the night of Fourth of July. Homer plays with the light and dark contrast, as well as combining complementary colors. The color palette is mostly dark, as the sky is navy blue – almost pitch black pigment in some areas – painted in watery pigments that almost blend with the horizon line. The fireworks burst in bright yellow, red and orange, which reflect on the light blue surface of the water. The sailboat was painted in black because it is seen against the light. The overall painting was done with a watery base, making the pigment bleed amoung its boundaries and removing the definition of the figures.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Sailboat and Fourth of July Fireworks, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Sailboat and Fourth of July Fireworks 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 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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