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Winslow Homer is regarded by many as one of North Americas best painters His work was enjoyed in the late 1800s and is still popular today Winslows use of colour perspective and subject matter is still intriguing Winslow Homer was born in Boston Massachusetts on February 24 1836 and was the first of four children in his family In 1842 his family moved to Cambridge Massachusetts where Winslow became an apprentice to a lithographer JH Bufford After he completed his apprenticeship in 1854 he left home to become a free lance illustrator In 1859 Homer moved to New York and became a student at the National Academy of Design in New York City There he studied painting with Fredric Rondel Later he covered Abraham Lincolns inauguration and visited the Potomac outside of Washington in October until 1862 In 1862 Winslow Homer attended a campaign in Virginia were he painted his first oil paintings These would be the first of many that would make him famous For two years he made trips to the Civil War front where he produced paintings and illustrations These paintings were of soldiers horses and prisoners Instead of painting scenes of fighting during the war he painted the casual times which was unique to the other paintings of the painters at that time After the war paintings he went to France to paint the countryside and to Paris until 1867 when he came back with prisoners from the front From 1868 to 1870 he visited the White Mountains in New Hampshire and the Adirondack Mountains painting wilderness scenes Most of these paintings included wildlife hunters and hunts Winslow spent most of his time doing these types of paintings In 1872 he moved to Tenth Street Studios in New York to paint privately That following summer in Gloucester Massachusetts he did his first water colour series and engravings of the seaside Two years later he did his
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