American Paintings - 8 of 8
West Point, Prout's Neck
Oil on canvas
76.4 x 122.2 cm
Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1941
Attracted to the force and power of the ocean, Homer returned to this motif throughout his career, no more so than in the last fifteen years of his life spent on the rugged coast of Prout’s Neck, Maine. In this example he captured the effect of the setting sun as its light radiates from the horizon over the crashing waves and rocky shore. Although painted quickly, the picture was the result of many hours of careful observation of the landscape.