Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910). Boys in a Dory, 1873. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Molly Flagg Knudtsen, 2001 (2001.608.1) | This watercolor demonstrates Homer's ability to capture the scintillating effects of dazzling sunlight, rippling water, and luminous atmosphere in boat-filled Gloucester Harbor.
Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910). Fishing Boats, Key West, 1903. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Amelia B. Lazarus Fund, 1910 (10.228.1) | Few of Homer’s watercolors rival this one for its effects of simmering sunlight and steamy atmosphere, achieved through the speed of application of wet on wet washes, the broad and dexterous exploitation of the white paper reserve, and the judicious sponging of wet pigment, especially in the shadows, reflecting light off the water.