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During the late nineteenth century many great American artist were becoming recognized world wide for their abilities Winslow Homer was among these great artist and is in most cases is considered the greatest American artist of his time His life was basically devoted to the creation of art and over time his abilities won him worldwide recognition and fame In retrospect he is not only viewed as the greatest artist of his time but is arguably the best American Painter ever Winslow Homer was born in Boston in 1836 He grew up in Cambridge and at age 18 started working in a lithograph shop in Boston This started his life as an artist quitting his job at the lithograph shop at 21 and becoming a freelance illustrator He was frequently published in Harpers Weekly throughout most of his life When Homer was 23 he moved to New York and acquired a studio From this point he started producing significant paintings the first of which Skating in Central Park was displayed at the National Academy of Design in 1860 Homer was only 24 Four years later he was elected as an associate to the Academy While living in New York for nearly 23 years he took many trips He was able to spend a year in Paris when he was 30 learning the European styles which would only further his greatness as an artist Homer would also frequent the mountains in the summer including the Adirondacks and the White Mountains as well as trips to Virginia always looking for subject matter Looking at his paintings from this time he seemed never to be short of ideas for new paintings creating several paintings a year From New York Homer mover to Prouts Neck where he would live the rest of his life While living at Prouts Neck Homer was able to create his greatest paintings ever still improving on his style and abilities However
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