|The Camp Fire, 1877-78, (oil on canvas), |
"invent" the medium, he made it so much his own, his name is practically synonymous with this art form. Until Homer adopted it, watercolor had been largely the medium of color sketches--preparatory studies for studio landscapes rather than a medium for finished work. Although a few English artist had used it for years as a means of "coloring" architectural drawings, before Homer, it had largely been considered little more than an artistic novelty for young ladies to "play" with.
|The Red Canoe, 1889, (watercolor) |