Late Years of Winslow Homer
By his mid 50's, Homer as a mature artist, painted scenes immersed in the natural world — animals, angry seas, calm lakes and life and death struggles. People loved his art. His reputation was enhanced by winning a gold medal at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
This lecture sums up all we have learned about the development of American art. American artists were indebted to European predecessors, but they created an independent art, more linear, and full of awe-inspiring landscapes which were inspired by the expanse of the country itself. We see how American art reflect American hopes and dreams, our optimism and acknowledgements of mistakes made along the way.