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Winslow Homer concluded the watercolor painting entitled Waiting for Dad in 1873, while the artist was visiting Gloucester, Massachusetts over the summer. Historians tie this work to the incident that happened on August 24th in which a devastating storm destroyed nine ships and took the lives of one hundred and twenty-eight men. Homer was so impacted by the tragedy that he was inspired to create a similar painting to the one at hand but with oil paint wood, entitled Dad’s Coming! – which also has a version done in woodcut print.
It was during Homer’s trip to Gloucester that he began painting regularly with watercolors. The artist had a natural talent for the medium, and he mastered the technique with much confidence. In the beginning, the critics were not too sure about his work in this medium, calling it desperate and child-like, but they were soon shown wrong as the paintings became incredibly popular. By selling his watercolors, Homer recovered his complicated financial situation and no longer relied on commercial illustration to make a living. He worked with a variety of techniques within the medium, like realistically detailed works, to Impressionistic looser paintings.
Homer would also paint watercolor works as studies for oil paintings, which could be the case for Waiting for Dad. This lonely painting shows a small boy sitting at the edge of a boat looking out into the ocean. The dark brown boat is positioned over a large log that exceeds the limits of the canvas, placing the boy in the highest point of the composition, passing the horizon line. There are other rafts on the ochre-colored sand in lighter tones, as well as some sailboats out on the ocean.
The details of the shadows cast on the sand and landscape are realistically done, as well as the folds of the fabric of the child’s clothing. He wears a straw hat, a navy blue long-sleeve shirt, and blue pants. There is an area to the left that seems unfinished, possibly because this was done as a study. In the oil painted version, Dad’s Coming!, the artist extends the canvas and places a mother and child behind the boy. Homer beautifully captured his figure’s longing to see his father, who was probably killed in the tragic storm.
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