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Winslow Homer concluded the watercolor painting The Sponge Diver during the years 1898 and 1899, which is currently located at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. This artwork was part of a series of paintings the artist concluded while at the Caribbean. He would make frequent trips to tropical locations like the Bahamas, Cuba, and Bermuda to portray the people and the landscapes, mainly in watercolor. These scenes were very different than what he was accustomed to seeing from his studio in Prouts Neck, Maine.
The most interesting thing about this particular painting is that Homer used a bright red lake pigment – a popular pigment amongst artists of the XIX-century made from the madder plant – which faded over time. Since Homer decided to change the proportion of this work by placing a frame over the about four centimeters of the margin, this area was protected, and therefore not faded. This enabled professionals to alter the painting digitally, so it looks more like the original. Today, the water seen in the artwork has faint red strokes in some areas of the bright blue and aquamarine pigments. Homer was dedicated to portraying nature as he saw it and the unusual use of color is due to the dense quantity of the coral reef which reflects on the surface of the ocean.
Like most of Homer’s paintings of the local people, he depicts a typical scene of a man working in the ocean. As a close-up image, the back of the white raft is facing the viewer, while the rest of the boat exceeds the limits of the canvas. The dark brown row is sticking out of the back, and next to it, a man reaches with one hand, capturing the exact moment he is pulling himself up. In his left hand, the man holds a dark sponge in which he just collected. Homer’s impressive watercolor technique beautifully translates how the sunlight shines on the wet body, using rich brown pigments. Like in many of the artist’s artworks, the protagonist’s face is not visible, opening the work up to interpretation. In the far background, the pigment of the blue ocean gets darker, contrasting with the light-colored sky. The coast can be seen in the distant background, as well as a sailboat.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Sponge Diver, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Sponge Diver 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.
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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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