Coming Away: Winslow Homer & England

For nearly two years, beginning in the spring of 1881, beloved American artist Winslow Homer (1836–1910) lived and worked in the remote northern English fishing village of Cullercoats. This decision to abandon the American art world at the height of his fame for an isolated English hamlet dramatically altered Homer’s life and art.

The paintings, drawings, and prints of Homer’s English period bear the mark of the influences he encountered there and focus on the hardships and joys of life along the waterfront.

Coming Away explores—for the first time in a major museum exhibition—this pivotal moment in Homer’s career, with the most comprehensive group of oil paintings to emerge from the artist’s time abroad.

Part of the season of travel at the Museum.

Presenting Sponsor: BMO Harris Bank.

National Tour Sponsor: TERRA Foundation for American Art.

Education Sponsor: Caxambas Foundation.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.

This exhibition is co-organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Worcester Art Museum and is curated by Brandon Ruud and Elizabeth Athens.

Supporting Sponsors: Henry Luce Foundation; Wyeth Foundation for American Art; The Lunder Foundation; Milwaukee Art Museum’s Collectors’ Corner in honor of its 70th anniversary; Milwaukee Art Museum’s Friends of Art; Bob and Judy Scott.

Program Sponsor: Milwaukee Art Museum’s American Arts Society.




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