Chrysler Museum of Art

Norfolk, VA



"A Fair Wind" - Maritime Paintings by Winslow Homer


During June of 2000 nearly three hundred tall ships from around the world will visit Hampton Roads. OpSail 2000 ® will be among the largest events of its kind in history and the Chrysler Museum of Art will be an active participant in the festivities. To celebrate the region's long and close relationship with the sea, the Chrysler will organize a choice exhibition of maritime paintings by the great American artist Winslow Homer. Entitled "A Fair Wind," the exhibition will bring together eight of Homer's most celebrated works, including Breezing Up from the National Gallery of Art. Additional loans will come from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Addison Gallery of American Art, and the Springfield Museum of Art. Private collectors in Hampton Roads and the Norfolk Southern Corporation have also agreed to share works from their holdings. (left: Breezing Up (A Fair Wind), 1873-76, oil on canvas, 35 5/8 x 49 3/4 inches, On loan: Gift of the W. L. and May T. Mellon Foundation, ©2000 Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; right: Moonlight, Wood Island Light, 1894, oil on canvas, 30 3/4 x 40 1/4 inches, On loan: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of George A. Hearn in memory of Arthur Hoppock Hearn, 1911, (11.116.2) Photograph © 1980 The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Winslow Homer (1836-1910) captured the look and spirit of American life with unparalleled eloquence. From his early experiences recording the battles and soldiers of the Civil War, through his depictions of ordinary Americans at work and play, Homer demonstrated a deep empathy for his subjects and an ability to capture with unparalleled clarity, directness, and beauty the essential dignity of their lives. Probably the artist's most powerful and personal pictures, however, were those he executed on the rocky coasts of New England. Homer revealed as few have done the majesty and power of the sea both in itself and as it affected the men and women who confronted it and depended on it for their livelihood. "A Fair Wind" will bring together a choice group of these remarkable maritime paintings. (left: On a Lee Shore, 1900, oil on canvas, 39 x 39 inches, On loan: Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Jesse Metcalf Fund, Photography by Cathy Carver; Promenade on the Beach, 1880, oil on canvas, On loan: Gift of Misses Emily and Elizabeth Mills, in memory of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Mills, Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA)

The exhibition will open to the public on Friday, 9 June 2000 and will continue through Sunday, 3 September 2000.

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