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Winslow Homer

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TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWinslow•Homer
Used nameWinslow•Homer
Born24 February 1836 in Boston, Massachusetts (USA)
Died29 September 1910 in Prout's Neck, Scarborough, Maine (USA)
NOC United States


American Winslow Homer began as an illustrator for books and magazines for over 20 years, and later did oil paintings, especially seascapes. He is regarded by many as the greatest American painter of the 19th century. He served an apprenticeship in his hometown of Boston under J. H. Bufford, a lithographer. During the Civil War, Homer worked as a correspondent for Harper’s Weekly, illustrating battle scenes and everyday life in Union Army camps. After the war he painted many scenes of women and young children.

After exhibiting his works at the National Academy of Design, he traveled to Paris in 1867, studying for one year, where he observed the painting techniques of his peers. While there he did landscape painting and continued to work for Harper’s Weekly. On his return Homer painted mostly scenes of rural and family life. He began working in watercolors in 1873, settling in Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1873 where he revived his love of the sea. In 1881-82 Homer spent two years painting in Cullercoats, Tyne and Wear, England before returning to the United States and living on an island off the coast of Maine. There he emphasized sea scenes in watercolors. He is considered the premier American watercolorist, of whom it was said, “Homer used his singular vision and manner of painting to create a body of work that has not been matched.”

His painting Casting was exhibited “hors concours” 22 years after his death at the 1932 Art Competition in Los Angeles.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Art Competitions USA Winslow Homer
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC

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