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Winslow Homer was an American artist who dedicated himself to watercolor painting, like the landscape St. John's River, Florida. He began traveling to the sunshine state, as well as Cuba and the Bahamas in 1884. Century Magazine had commissioned a series of watercolors of the tropical locations, and this was a great motif for Homer to perfect his craft and expand his color palette and subjects. Just as Paul Gauguin was deeply inspired by his trip to Tahiti, Homer’s art was profoundly influenced by his trips to exotic locations. Between the years 1888 and 1903, the painter made recent visits to Key West, Florida, where he produced many watercolors as well.
In St. John's River, Florida, Homer captured the essence of Florida’s nature. The swampy river was loosely painted, but still with beautiful detail. The forefront of the composition features a calm river in shades of blue-gray. The reflexes create beautiful dark streaks on the water in green, navy blue, and brown pigments. The white boat pops out in the shadows of the trees, and simples strokes of orange represent two people – possibly fishing. There are a few towering trees that seem to be ancient as they feature vines and moss hanging from the branches. Lower vegetation like large bushes and palm trees fill the background in shades of blue, green, brown, and ochre. The cloudy sky is one of the lighter parts of the painting, even though the atmosphere doesn’t read as a sunny day.
This watercolor painting is an example of the work Homer produced influenced by the Impressionists. Although mainly working with Realism, the artist delved into the world of modern painting and experimented with Impressionist techniques. Artists like Claude Oscar Monet and Pierre Auguste Renoir worked mainly en plein air, meaning they felt that it was important to paint on location to capture the natural effects of sunlight on a landscape. They used expressive brushstrokes and were fascinated by nature – features also seen in Homer’s work. These artists had a passion for Japanese woodcut prints, which brought different cultural references than what Europe and the United States of America where used to seeing. The vibrant colors, unusual compositions, and themes of the daily life grabbed the attention of modern artists.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of St. John's River, Florida, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of St. John's River, Florida 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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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.
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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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