23 Winslow Homer Quotes from American Landscape Painter

Winslow Homer was considered as one of the greatest American painters of the 19th century.

He began his career as a commercial printmaker in Boston and New York.

During the Civil War, he worked as an artist-correspondent for Harper’s Weekly, his early works reflecting his experiences from the war.

His art evolved in the late 1860s and 1870s, when he began painting scenes from seaside resorts and experimenting with watercolors. He eventually quit his freelance illustrating work in 1875.


During the 1880s, after a transformative trip to England, his art began depicting the harsh realities of life in a coastal village, mainly featuring women.

Winslow Homer was the foremost painter in American art.

He settled in Maine in 1883 and primarily focused on portraying human struggle against the sea, gradually transitioning to capturing the sheer power and beauty of the sea itself.

His seascapes are particularly admired for their intense depiction of nature’s force and their hints of modernist abstraction.

In this article, I have selected the most famous quotes by Winslow Homer.

Best Winslow Homer Quotes


In dark, cold solitude of winter months…I thank the Lord for this opportunity for reflection. ~ Winslow Homer.


Artists should never look at pictures, but should stutter in a language of their own. ~ Winslow Homer.


I regret very much that I have painted a picture that requires any description. ~ Winslow Homer.

There is no such thing as talent. What they call talent is nothing but the capacity for doing continuous work in the right way. ~ Winslow Homer.


You will see, in the future I will live by my watercolors. ~ Winslow Homer.


Never put more than two waves in a picture; it’s fussy. ~ Winslow Homer.


The Sun will not rise or set without my notice and thanks. ~ Winslow Homer.


The life that I have chosen gives me my full hours of enjoyment. ~ Winslow Homer.

Famous Winslow Homer Quotes

What they call talent is nothing but the capacity for doing continuous work in the right way. ~ Winslow Homer.

When you paint, try to put down exactly what you see. Whatever else you have to offer will come out anyway. ~ Winslow Homer.


Only think of my being alive with a reputation! ~ Winslow Homer.

If a man wants to be an artist, he should never look at pictures. ~ Winslow Homer.

What’s the use? The people are too stupid. They do not understand. ~ Winslow Homer.


Look at nature, work independently, and solve your own problems. ~ Winslow Homer.

It is wonderful how much depends upon the relations of black and white… A black and white, if properly balanced, suggests colour. ~ Winslow Homer.

Oh what a friend chance can be – when it chooses. ~ Winslow Homer.

Top Winslow Homer Quotes

It would probably kill me to have such a thing appear. The most interesting part of my life is of no concern to the public. ~ Winslow Homer.


I will paint for money any time. ~ Winslow Homer.

I thought for a change I would give up drinking, and it was a great mistake and although I reduced the size of my nose and improved my beauty, my stomach suffered. ~ Winslow Homer.


All is lovely outside my house and inside my house and myself. ~ Winslow Homer.

I prefer every time a picture composed and painted outdoors. The thing is done without your knowing it. ~ Winslow Homer.

So these were the 23 top quotes about Winslow Homer.

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