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Winslow Homer concluded the oil painting entitled The Gale in 1883 and reworked it later in 1993. The artist traveled to the village of Cullercoats on the English coast in 1881 where he stayed for two years. Out of the various trips he took during his life, this was one of the most significant, as it shifted his artwork drastically. Art historians know little about Homer’s life and his personal experiences, but his paintings reveal a lot about how his experiences affected him.
The artist began his career as a commercial illustrator and worked as an on-field artist in Virginia during the Civil War. After the war was over, his focused shifted to contemporary scenes of the everyday life – mainly rural paintings of women in leisure, people working on the farm and children playing. After Homer went to the fishing villages on the English coast, he left the light and harmonious atmosphere behind to portray the harsher side of life. Women were no longer merely enjoying being in nature, but battling for their families survival. Homer’s color palette darkened and his themes became more obscure after coming in contact with a different reality.
In The Gale, the viewer is compelled by the dramatic nature of this scene. A woman defies the forces of nature by walking along the ocean coast with a baby strapped to her back. The roaring waves almost hit the woman, and her flowing dress shows a strong gust of wind is slowing them down as well. The mother seems to be walking on a slippery rock with some thin streaks of puddles, which reflect her image. She wears a long brown dress with an off-white fabric flowing around her waist. Holding the baby behind her back with one hand and protecting herself with the other, she is striving to make her way against the forces of nature. The two feet of the small child can be seen sticking out of each side of the woman’s hips, while the fabric wrapped around him hides everything but his eyes and hair, that blows in the wind. To the left, there are some darker rocks portrayed with busting white waves. The background shows the rough sea in light blue pigments, as well as ochre and white highlights. The sky is very dark and was painted in shades of gray and brown.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Gale, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Gale 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.
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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 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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