Winslow Homer (1836–1910) is recognized as the greatest American painter whose works, particularly those on marine subjects, are among the most powerful of the nineteenth century.
Born in Boston and raised in rural Cambridge, he began his career as a commercial printmaker, first in Boston and then in New York, where he settled in 1859. He briefly studied oil painting in the spring of 1861.
From the late 1870s Homer started to dedicate his summers exclusively to direct painting from nature in watercolour.
During his live, It is interesting to note the evolution in the subject matter of his work. His early work collected the horror of the Civil War, and towards the end of his life, his work captured the peace and serenity of the Maine Coast.