Art: Looking Out

All artists try to paint what they see, but some look inside themselves for subjects, some look out. Winslow Homer, who died in 1910, was one who looked out. His huntsman's eyes, above the hairy battlement of his mustache, saw the world his contemporaries saw, but saw it more sharply. "When I have selected the thing carefully," he explained, "I paint it exactly as it appears."

The huge retrospective show of Homer's art which opened in a Manhattan gallery last week proved that Homer didn't mean exactly what he said. Every painting in the show demonstrated the complexity of design and the...

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