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Winslow Homer : “Breezing Up (A Fair Wind)” (1873-1876)

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An iconic expression of American optimism, Breezing Up (A Fair Wind) depicts a sailor and three boys returning with the day’s successful catch, having defied the choppy waves and looming grey skies. First exhibited in the country’s centennial year 1876, it met with a warm reception from critics, who observed the manner in which “The fishing boat, bending to the wind, seems to actually cleave the waves,” and how the figures appear to “sway with the rolling boat, and relax or grow rigid as the light keel rises or sinks…” The National Gallery in Washington now describes it as “one of the best-known and most beloved artistic images of life in 19th-century America.” As in many of Homer’s works of the 1870s, it at once appeals to American postwar nostalgia for a simpler time, while expressing hope for the young nation’s future.

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