National Geographic : 1948 Sep
National Geographic Magazine National Gallery orArt WINSLOW HOMER (1836-1910) * Hound and Hunter (Gift of StephenC.Clark) Homer's art is wholly American; foreign influence he rejected. Largely self-taught, he began his career as a lithographer'sapprentice. Later hewas aCivil War artist and magazine illustrator. Many of his pictures tell a story of drama and suspense shown against a background of awesome beauty. Before the close ofhis 74years hereceived virtually every honor an artist could command. Museums outbid themselves for his works. Homer was particularly proud of "Hound andHunter." Pointing tothe model's varying degrees of sunburn, he said: "I spent more than a week painting those hands."