Winslow Homer: A Retrospective Exhibition

Winslow Homer: A Retrospective Exhibition

Winslow Homer: A Retrospective Exhibition

Winslow Homer: A Retrospective Exhibition

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Thanks to the generous cooperation of the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and even more to the initiative and enterprise of those institutions, the Museum of Fine Arts has been able to bring to Boston this unexampled exhibition of the art of Winslow Homer. No less is the Museum indebted to all those lenders, both private collectors and museums, who have shown self-sacrificing generosity and patience and the greatest good will in extending their loans to include this showing in Boston, having already deprived themselves of treasured possessions for four months or more. To the private lenders of works from Boston and vicinity whose gracious help has imparted a fresh and valuable aspect to the watercolor section of the exhibition, the Museum also expresses sincere thanks.

Winslow Homer was born in Boston and it must not be concealed that the value of this sentiment was invoked to influence our lenders to exceed the normal limits of generosity. It must also be said -- not without embarrassment -- that this is the first important exhibition of Winslow Homer ever held in Boston. Yet Homer is not a prophet without honor here; on the contrary, the Museum possesses one of the most notable collections of his work and there are many splendid examples in private collections in Boston and in the museums of New England. But never before has Homer been honored in his own country and among his own kin with an exhibition worthy of his great stature and the commanding position he occupies in American art.

An important exhibition of Winslow Homer cannot often be assembled. Wherefore, at the risk of resembling the unlovely bird which lays eggs in other birds' nests, we have taken advantage of the labor of others and imposed upon the kindness of our colleagues in New York and Washington to help us bring the exhibition here, lest Boston be deprived for yet another decade of an experience it has long had reason to expect.

This is the most comprehensive exhibition of Winslow Homer ever brought together. The showing in Washington and in New York numbered two hundred and forty-four entries. For reasons of space so extensive a show at the Museum of Fine Arts . . .

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