Coming Away Winslow Homer and England Elizabeth Athens, Brandon K. Ruud, Martha Tedeschi

Publication date:
03 Jan 2018
Yale University Press
168 pages: 279 x 241mm
100 color illus.

A fascinating exploration of the time Winslow Homer spent in England and how it influenced his art

Winslow Homer (1836–1910) is widely regarded as the greatest American painter of the 19th century, but it is not well known that he spent a pivotal period of time on the other side of the Atlantic. The eighteen months Homer spent in England in 1881 and 1882—studying the work of masters such as J. M. W. Turner and Lawrence Alma-Tadema, and exploring the landscape of coastal villages—irrevocably shaped his creative identity.
This beautifully designed and produced publication explores Homer’s time in England and how it influenced his art, as he attempted to reconcile his affinity for traditional subject matter with his increasingly modern aesthetic vision. Coming Away complicates our understanding of his work and convincingly argues that it has more cosmopolitan underpinnings than previously thought.

Elizabeth Athens is assistant curator of American art at the Worcester Art Museum. Brandon K. Ruud is the Abert Family Curator of American Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Martha Tedeschi is the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums.