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Winslow Homer concluded the watercolor painting entitled Sunset at Gloucester in 1880 and was approximately forty-four years old. The artist began dedicating himself to this media in 1873 but continued working with oil painting as well. During this period, Homer was as a commercial illustrator working mainly for magazines but wished to build a career as a painter. The artist traveled extensively in search of different landscapes and cultures to portray, including tropical locations like Cuba, and the Bahamas, as well as rural America, like New York’s countryside. This particular painting depicts a landscape of the city of Gloucester on Cape Ann, Massachusetts.
Because the artist enjoyed working on location, the use of watercolor was favorable because it is such a versatile medium. Painting on site meant Homer was able to observe all natural and humanmade figures underneath natural lighting with his own eyes. The Impressionists worked similarly, calling it painting en plein air – but even though it was the group of French artists which made this technique famous, Homer was already working this way before going to Europe. The American artist had a unique painting style, as he started as a commercial illustrator, producing realistic oil paintings, but by the 1870s he became very experimental with his work.
The painting Sunset at Gloucester portrays a radiant sunset with vibrant use of color – which some historians say is the only visible influence that the Impressionists had on Homer’s art; he adjusted to a brighter color palette. Others state that the artist’s direct contact with the group influenced his vision of modern painting. This particular artwork shows two precisely portrayed sailboats against the red light of the setting sun. The ship in the forefront is virtually all black and has the sails down. The second ship is farther away, featuring its open sails in shades of dark blue and reflecting a lot more on the surface than the first. The water was pained in rough orange and red pigments, reflecting the colors of the sky. The horizon is marked with dark brown hills that contrast with the light ocean. On the top half of the paper, blue-gray and brown clouds gather in the sky, covering some of the beautiful vibrant colors of the sunset and suggesting that a storm might be forming.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Sunset at Gloucester, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Sunset at Gloucester 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.
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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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