On a Lee Shore
On a Lee Shore, 1900
Oil on canvas
99.1 x 99.1 cm (39 x 39 inches)
Jesse Metcalf Fund 01.003
(October 11, 2013 – February 9, 2014)
Homer focused his attention on the rocky shores near his studio at Prout’s Neck, Maine, during the final decades of his career. In this view of a sailing ship in the crashing Atlantic, the somber palette, aggressive brushstrokes, and open, square format address human vulnerability in the face of nature’s dominating presence. The title refers to leeward winds that blow towards the coastline; a craft that cannot alter its course to windward risks being run aground or dashed upon the rocks. This dramatic composition was one of the first important American paintings to enter the RISD Museum’s collection.(April 6, 2007 – January 6, 2008)
Edited ByWoolsey, Ann, ed.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2008
TypeMonographs and CollectionsSelection VIIAmerican Painting from the Museum's Collection, c.1800-1930
Contributions byMandel, Patrica C.F.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1977
TypeMonographs and CollectionsA Handbook of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Edited ByWoodward, Carla M., and Franklin W. Robinson, eds.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1988
TypeMonographs and CollectionsExchange Exhibition, Exhibition ExchangeFrom the Collection of Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University; From the Collection of The Museum of Art, Rhode
Contributions byMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Waltham, MA: Rose Art Museum, Brandesi University., 1967
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