Salt Kettle, Bermuda
Winslow Homer
Salt Kettle, Bermuda
Winslow Homer (American, Realism, 1836-1910): Salt Kettle, Bermuda; 1899. Watercolor over graphite, 14 x 21 inches (35.5 x 53.3 cm). National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., USA. Image: © National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

'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.)