Drawing, Fisherman in Quebec, Canada, 1895
Brush and black, gray wash, white gouache, charcoal on gray-green wove paper. Gift of Charles Savage Homer, Jr.. 1912-12-89.
What is this?
Horizontal view of a fisherman standing on a fallen tree trunk and casting his rod into a river or lake in the foreground, a dense forest of fir trees fills the middleground at the far side of the water's bank, and a view of white clouds and distant mountains fills the background.
Why is this important?
Homer was an avid fisherman and a master of watercolor. Fortunately, he was able to combine his avocation with his profession. Through a combination of broad strokes, soakings, and calligraphic gestures, he was able to convey this wilderness scene and to express the serenity of man in harmony with his majestic surroundings.
Beginning in 1912, Winslow Homer’s brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Savage Homer Jr., donated to the museum over 250 drawings from Homer’s studio in Prouts Neck, Maine, and 22 oil paintings hanging in their home. Charles was acquainted with the Hewitt sisters and also knew the painter Elliot Clark, who was acquiring American drawings on the Hewitt sisters’ behalf. With the acquisition of additional material, the museum now holds the largest group of works by Homer in any private or public collection.