Winslow homer knew the importance of the flash of sun on antlers and the curve of a fly rod against morning mist. A dedicated outdoorsman, he got up at 3 on summer mornings before going to work at his first and only steady job (two years at a lithographer's) to fish a pond near Boston.
Homer was a New Englander who got his start as a Civil War artist-reporter. After the war his specialty became the American outdoors. Hunting, fishing and boating occupied him increasingly and became the subjects for such elegant, forceful paintings as are shown on these pages. They are now owned by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Until his death in 1910 at 74, Homer strove for the realism that made him famous. "Tell Charlie," he once wrote a friend on a day in June, "I have a fine sketch of a black bass taken in the boat five minutes after he was caught."
The Ouananciche, a rare landlocked salmon, is striking as well this month as he was in 1897 when Winslow Homer did Ouananiche Fishing in the Canadian wilds.
The Stillness of a mountain lake, mirroring the shadows of the tree-lined shore half hidden by a misty overcast, was recorded by angler-artist Homer in Trout Fishing, Lake St. John, Quebec in 1895.
The Adirondacks, with their abundance of fish and game, attracted Homer as much as the Canadian woods. He spent a good deal of time in this New York wilderness and here found some of his favorite models and most dramatic subjects
"ADIRONDACK GUIDE" is a shimmering picture of a mountaineer in his native habitat. The bewhiskered oarsman probably is a likeness of Old Mountain Philips, one of several guides who accompanied Homer on his fishing and painting trips.