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The American artist Winslow Homer concluded the watercolor painting entitled Two Schooners around the early 1880s. Homer enjoyed painting seascapes as well as themes involving the marine lifestyle. After working as an on-field illustrator in Virginia during the Civil War, the artist turned to more straightforward subjects of the daily life, mainly on the American countryside and coast. During this period, the painter began to isolate himself from others, working and traveling mostly alone. Homer’s art took a more intense approach to humankind’s relationship with nature. The people that appeared in his work were no longer in leisure and living a care-free and balanced life but in a constant struggle for survival against the forces of nature. This change was most significant after Homer stayed in the village of Cullercoats in 1881 and experienced the harsh lifestyle of the fishers and their family.
Homer mostly worked with oil painting and several printing techniques, primarily woodcut, and had a team of expert printmakers that translated his paintings and drawings into prints for magazines like Harpers Weekly. In 1873, the artist turned to watercolor painting and eventually mastered the technique. As an assignment for a magazine, he traveled to many tropical locations to portray the landscapes in watercolor. Homer gave up on working with freelance illustration and dedicated to his career as an artist in 1875.
The watercolor Two Schooners is one of the many marine paintings done by the American artist. By working with this medium, Homer was able to work with realistic portrayals, as well as experiment with more modern approaches. Before even meeting with the Impressionists, Homer already worked on location, or as the French call it en plein air. Similar to the French painters, he found it essential to depict the landscape as it truly was – meaning the artists wished to observe the natural sunlight upon a landscape during different periods of the day and in various weather conditions. This particular artwork shows a gloomy and dark day, with an almost monochromatic color palette. Two large schooners sail past each other in different directions. The boat on the right is closer the viewer and painted with darker pigments, while the other sailboat is lighter, and both are loosely reflected on the surface of the water. The horizon shows a thin area of land in green, while the off-white sky features some dark gray clouds.
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