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- DescriptionPerhaps other American painting is at once so familiar and so little understood as Winslow Homer's The Gulf Stream (1899). For more than a century, scholars have praised the artist and yet puzzled over this harrowing scene of a black man adrift in the open sea, in a derelict boat surrounded by sharks. Critical commentary, when it has departed at all from the painting's composition and coloring, has generally viewed The Gulf Stream as a universal parable on the human condition, or as an anecdotal image of a coastal storm. There is more to this stark masterpiece, says Peter H. Wood, a historian and an authority on images of blacks in Homer's work. To understand the painting in less ticed but more meaningful ways, says Wood, we must dive more deeply into Homer's past as an artist and our own past as a nation. Looking at The Gulf Stream and the development of Homer's social conscience in ways that traditional art history and criticism do t allow, Wood places the picture within the tumultuous legacy of slavery and colonialism at the end of the nineteenth century.
- Author BiographyPeter H. Wood is a professor of history at Duke University. His books include Winslow Homer's Images of Blacks and Strange New Land.
- Author(s)Peter H. Wood
- PublisherUniversity of Georgia Press
- Date of Publication31/07/2004
- SubjectIndividual Artists / Art Monographs
- Series TitleMercer University Lamar Memorial Lectures
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 46
- Place of PublicationGeorgia
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Georgia Press
- Content Note19 b&w illustrations, 9 colour illustrations
- Weight345 g
- Width140 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine17 mm
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