The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
True to his Yankee roots, Winslow Homer (1836-1910) was not a loquacious
man. Nor did he leave much in the way of writing. It was the doing, not the
how, that mattered; the practice of painting, not the theory. If there were
theories, they were articulated in images, not in words. If he had a message,
it was ultimately cosmic: the unending struggle between humans and the forces
of nature. With his watercolors, oils, and woodblock prints he left indelible
marks within viewers’ souls.
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