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"Winslow Homer and the Critics: Forging a National Art in th 1870s"
2001-06-10 until 2001-09-09
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles, CA, USA

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art—LACMA—presents Winslow Homer and the Critics: Forging a National Art in the 1870s, bringing together a group of paintings Homer exhibited during the 1870s, the decade in which he emerged as the most promising artist in the country. Abandoning his career as an illustrator early in the decade, Homer took up painting full time and rapidly rose to the highest ranks of the New York art world with his iconic images of quintessentially American subjects. Winslow Homer and the Critics is on public view June 10 through September 9, 2001. Special timed tickets will be necessary to visit this exhibition. See ticketing information below.

One of the most visible artists in New York City, Homer exhibited frequently at national and international venues including the National Academy of Design and the American Society of Painters in Water Color, and at prestigious private clubs such as The Century, as well as at art dealer and auction houses.

The Exhibition

Organized by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the exhibition, with its focus on Homer’s engagement with his critics and on the mutual influence of artist and critic, provides a fresh perspective on Homer and his early artistic development during this least studied, but most productive, phase of his career. Drawn from public and private collections throughout the country, the exhibition brings together about 60 works, including paintings, watercolors, drawings, engravings, and an example of Homer’s work in ceramic tile. It features some of his best-known images—including his monumental treatment of African-American life, LACMA’s The Cotton Pickers (1876)—as well as some of his lesser-known but equally important works.

LACMA will also draw from its permanent collection to create a special gallery within the exhibition devoted to Homer and his peers. This space will reflect the aesthetic of the 19th-century gallery or exhibition hall—in which works were densely hung in Salon style—by displaying Homer’s works alongside those of contemporary American and European painters such as Eastman Johnson, George Inness, and William-Adolphe Bouguereau.

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