Winslow Homer (1836-1910)
Property from the Collection of Montgomery "Montie" H.W. Ritchie
Winslow Homer (1836-1910)

Tynemouth Beach

Winslow Homer (1836-1910)
Tynemouth Beach
signed and dated 'Winslow Homer 1883' (lower left)
watercolor and pencil on paper
5 3/8 x 18 ¾ in (13.7 x 47.6 cm.)
Executed in 1883.
The artist.
Charles S. Thomas, Prout's Neck, Maine, gift from the above, 1893.
Private collection, acquired from the above.
Stephen Bean, Oxford, Maine, circa 1955.
Barridoff, Portland, Maine, 4 April 1981, lot 67, sold by the above.
Dr. and Mrs. John E. Larkin, White Bear Lake, Minnesota, acquired from the above.
Coe Kerr Gallery, New York.
Acquired by the late owner from the above, 1986.
R.S. Holland, The Story of Prout's Neck, Prout's Neck, Maine, 1924, p. 48.
L. Goodrich, A.B. Gerdts, Record of Works by Winslow Homer: 1883 through 1889, vol. IV.2, New York, 2012, p. 231, no. 1176, illustrated.
Amarillo, Texas, Amarillo Museum of Art, Achievement in Art: The Collection of Montgomery Ritchie, January 29-March 26, 2017, p. 43, illustrated.

Lot Essay

In the spring of 1881, Winslow Homer made his second visit abroad, spending two seasons near Tynemouth, England, in the small fishing village of Cullercoats on the North Sea. During this time, the artist focused on drawings and watercolors capturing the surrounding sea and the inhabitants of the area whose lives depended on it. As seen in the present work, Lloyd Goodrich explains that his scenes from this period "were no longer sunlit, the sky no longer clear but a moving spectacle of clouds, the sea no longer the quiet water of Gloucester harbor but a threatening or raging element...there was more envelopment by atmosphere; his color, while often dark, added a wide variety of grays, and a new depth and body; his technical skill increased; and his watercolors were filled with movement of wind and wave and cloud." (Winslow Homer, New York, 1973, p. 35)

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