New England artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910) will present his first major British exhibition at the National Gallery in London. Homer is one of the most famous and admired American painters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The show will take place later this year (September 10, 2022 – January 8, 2023).
Little known in Britain, Winslow Homer’s paintings explore power, grandeur and beauty
This exhibition, which will feature over 50 paintings and watercolors from public and private collections, spanning over 40 years of the artist’s career, is co-curated with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and presents an opportunity for visitors to this side of the Atlantic to discover an artist who, although a household name in America, is not as well known in Europe. There is no Homer painting in a British public collection.
The exhibition will be both chronological and thematic and will focus on the imagery of conflict and its resolution in the art of Homer. It will address the complex social and geopolitical issues of its time – war, race, class, power – as well as broader concerns about the fragility of human life and the domination of nature, themes that resonate with people today. today.
As well as being a terrific introduction to the art of Homer, the exhibition will build on the National Gallery‘s successful strategy over the past 10 years of introducing the British public to American art, and follows exhibitions on George Bellows and the painters Ashcan, Frederic Church and Thomas Cole.
Christopher Riopelle, Neil Westreich Curator of Post-1800 Paintings at the National Gallery, said: “An opportunity to present the range of Homer’s achievements to a British audience with several of his most ambitious paintings, and to highlight the importance in this career of the two years he spent here at Cullercoats, takes the National Gallery’s commitment to the exhibition and study of American art to a new level.
National Gallery director Dr Gabriele Finaldi says: “Little known in Britain, Winslow Homer’s paintings explore the power, grandeur and beauty of nature and the dangers it poses to life. human. Conflict in human relationships, the struggle for survival and personal isolation are among his themes, treated with both poetry and dazzling technical bravery. The National Gallery is delighted to share this exhibition with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Exhibition organized by the National Gallery, London, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
The exhibition is curated by Christopher Riopelle, The Neil Westreich Conservator of Post-1800 Painting at the National Gallery in collaboration with Stephanie Herdrich, Associate Curator of American Painting and Sculpture, and Sylvia Yount, Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator in Charge of The American Wing at the Met.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition on the works of Winslow Homer (Winslow Homer: Crosscurrents) will be on view from April 11, 2022 to July 31, 2022.