A visitor expressed an interest in going to see Winslow Homer’s studio in Maine. I love his paintings of the rugged coast, so I checked for information about the studio at Prout’s Neck, north of Kennebunkport. Unfortunately it isn’t easy to visit.
First off, it is open to tours 2 days a week and on those days, they only give 2 tours. The tours are limited to 10 people each and it costs $55. To take the tour, one must go to Portland Museum of Art. For us, that’s an additional half hour drive over the hour and 10 minutes it would take to get from New Hampshire to Prout’s Neck. Then the museum transports the tour members to the studio for a 2 hour tour and then back to the museum.
Sigh… Too expensive and too far for an easy day trip. We may take a drive one day and at least see the scenery along that stretch of coastal Maine.
There’s a web cam so you can see the view from Homer’s studio (keep in mind, that you won’t see anything after dark). You can also watch some videos on Youtube about Winslow Homer’s paintings, his life and his studio.
Celebrating the American Artist, Winslow Homer
The great American artist, Winslow Homer was born February 24, 1836. His work is highly valued today as some of the greatest American realism painting. I’ve collected some of his art, now available on posters, cards and framed prints for your enjoyment.
Be sure to watch the videos about the influences on his painting and also the ones that explain individual paintings. This will give you an even greater enjoyment of Winslow Homer’s contribution to American art.