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Prout's Neck, Breakers, detail

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Description: Watercolors by Winslow Homer: The Color of Light
English watercolor artists of Homer’s era commonly used sandpaper as a reductive tool. One popular authority wrote that, when “carefully employed,” it “is one of the most successful ways by which atmosphere is given to dark and clouded skies.” Homer used sandpaper to tease out clouds and mist from an even, blue-gray sky in Prout's Neck, Breakers (figure b). Noninvasive analysis of the work's surface revealed that silica, a sandpaper residue, is present throughout the sheet. …
PublisherArt Institute of Chicago

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