Happy Hour with the Historian: The Life & Art of Winslow Homer
18-August from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM$12.00 - $15.00
The Key West Art & Historical Society is excited to partner with Comedy Key West to offer a series of fun historical lectures entitled ‘Happy Hour with the Historian’. Attendees will receive a complimentary drink (beer, house wine or soft drink), and treated to a short presentation by the historian.
Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D.
Topic: ‘A Man is Known by his Works’: The Life & Art of Winslow Homer
Widely regarded as one of the greatest American artists of the 19th century, Winslow Homer (1836-1910) has ties to South Florida and the Bahamas.
Born in Boston, Homer began his artistic career in the late 1850s with an apprenticeship in a Boston lithography shop and then as a freelance illustrator working in New York City for popular magazines, such as Harper’s Weekly . While continuing to produce commercial illustrations until 1875, Homer increasingly concentrated his efforts on oil painting and watercolor.
In 1884, shortly after returning from an 18-month sojourn in the English fishing village of Cullercoats, Homer’s art changed dramatically in theme and mood. He created monumental marine narratives and seascapes that investigate humankind’s life-and-death struggles against the sea and the elemental power of nature. Homer’s South Floriday and Bahamas images influenced generations of artists and transformed marine painting in the United States.
This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the State of Florida, with additional support provided by The Helmerich Trust and Comedy Key West.