Winslow Homer: American Passage

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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6.53 X 9.52 X 1.43 inches | 2.94 pounds

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About the Author
William R. Cross is an independent scholar and a consultant to art and history museums. He served as the curator of Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter's Journey, 1869-1880, a nationally renowned 2019 exhibition on the formation of Winslow Homer as a marine painter. He is the chairman of the advisory board of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. Cross and his wife, Ellen, the parents of two grown sons, live on Cape Ann, north of Boston, Massachusetts.

"Certain to be definitive . . . William R. Cross has a special talent for discerning details most of us overlook, and he provides a rich commentary on Homer's technique, his influences, and even occasional submerged biographical reference, which the painter rarely allowed himself to convey. The biographer's close attention is worthy of his subject." --Randall Fuller, The Wall Street Journal

" An exemplary biography . . . [Cross] demonstrates that Homer emerged as a storyteller of enormous power and subtlety in a period -- the 1860s -- when America was casting around for the right story to tell about itself." --Sebastian Smee, The Washington Post

"[William] Cross reveals how Homer's radiant and dramatic paintings are also shaped by profound questions about humankind's place in the glory of nature . . . With plentiful color reproductions, Cross's meticulous, vivid, and revelatory biography transforms our appreciation for this quietly steadfast and subtly trailblazing artist." --Donna Seaman, Booklist (Starred Review)

"This deeply contextualized portrait features more than 400 images, including maps drawn specifically for this volume . . . Gracefully written, empathetic, and authoritative." --Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"Vivid storytelling melds with exuberant analysis in this sweeping look at a canonical American artist's vibrant life . . . No stone in Homer's life is left unturned nor brushstroke of deliberately placed light left unexplored under Cross's meticulous eye . . . Art connoisseurs will want to make room on their shelves for this definitive guide to a great American artist." --Publishers Weekly

"Cross has done an admirable job of bringing to life this most American of painters. Finally, Winslow Homer's brilliant work and fascinating life are united in one volume." --Ken Burns, filmmaker

"This rich biography of Winslow Homer is long overdue. The artist's enduring importance to the history of American Art brooks no argument. As we discover in this book, the many nuances of his life story also add richness to our understanding of history, place, and innovation in the United States." --Martha Tedeschi, author (with Kristi Dahm) of Watercolors by Winslow Homer: The Color of Light

"This intelligent and gracefully-written book is the first substantial new biography of Homer in years, and it's a multilayered pleasure to read. Cross is a sensitive observer of every aspect of the man, his times, and his career, from abolitionism and Civil War battlefields to the highs and lows of making a living from a capricious marketplace for art. A triumph." --Adam Hochschild, author of Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes

"Our visual understanding of the 19th century and especially of the Civil War comes to us in no small part from Winslow Homer. In this sweeping and comprehensive consideration of Homer's life and work, William R. Cross offers fresh insight into how his art was shaped and enabled by the changing politics, society, and technology of the world he sought to depict." --Drew Gilpin Faust, author of This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War

"For anyone whose curiosity was fired by one of the ubiquitous copies of the melancholy marine paintings of the master, William R. Cross's Winslow Homer: American Passage is a revelation. Homer, it emerges, was a narrative as well as an aesthetic genius, bearing witness to the lives of ordinary people and momentous if often overlooked occasions, capturing soldiers at camp in the Civil War, police forcing Frederick Douglass from the stage at a Boston abolitionist meeting, a shipwreck survivor eyed by sharks at sea. Full of insight, sensitively written, this superb biography tells the story of an artist who had the moral heart of an historian." --Caroline Fraser, author of Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder