Key West, Hauling Anchor
Winslow Homer
Key West, Hauling Anchor
Winslow Homer (American, Realism, 1836-1910): Key West, Hauling Anchor; 1903. Watercolor over graphite on paper. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., USA. Image: © National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

‘The watercolors Homer produced in Key West in 1903 focus on the graceful white sailing vessels that filled the harbor and plied the local waters. Key West, Hauling Anchor, with its white boat, red-shirted crew, and blue sea reveals Homer's ability to create powerful images using simple pictorial elements.
... In scenes of sun-drenched harbors and shores, Homer often left parts of the white paper exposed to give a sense of the brilliant atmosphere. He painted at least nineteen watercolors in Bermuda, a place he visited twice beginning in 1899. He believed them to be "as good work...as I ever did." They reveal—especially in their fluid washes—the consummate mastery of the medium that Homer had achieved by this point in his career. Homer generally preferred the blue skies and white clouds typical of the island's climate. Only occasionally, as in the remarkable "The Coming Storm," did he portray ominous weather.’ (© National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.)