Winslow Homer in the Adirondacks By David Tatham
This 1996 winner of the John Ben Snow Prize includes color and black and white reproductions of over 100 oils, drawings, prints, and watercolors from the artist's many visits to the region between 1870 and 1910. Tatham casts Homer's early Adirondack works as postbellum pastorals and explores the impact of Darwinian thought on Homer's later works. He examines the concepts of landscape and wilderness, the development of the Adirondack park, and the forest preservation movement.
"Winslow Homer made his first visit to the Adirondacks in 1870 and his last in 1910, just two months before his death. His first and subsequent visits to the region coincided with the growing public concern that led to the creation of the Adirondack Forest Preserve in 1885 and the Adirondack State Park in 1892. . . . David Tatham demonstrates very convincingly that Homer's 'Adirondack oils and watercolors constitute a highly original examination of the human race's relationship to the natural world at a time when long-established assumptions about humans, nature, and art itself were undergoing profound change'. . . . The visual focus is upon the artist's twenty-four Adirondack oils and watercolors that are superbly reproduced in full color. . . . An impressive work that is fully worthy of its subject."—New York History
Paper: 9.5 x 11, 172 pages, 24 color, 48 black and white illustrations