Graphite, opaque watercolor, ink, chalk, and charcoal on paper
Image: 17 x 22 5/8 in.
Sheet: 17 x 22 5/8 in.
l.r. signed and dated in graphite: HOMER 1882
u.l. in graphite [partially erased]: 37 Ø [enclosed in a squared circle]
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas
Beginning in 1881, Homer spent 20 months along England’s Northumberland Coast. Living in the village of Cullercoats, he made a series of watercolors and drawings portraying the daily rhythms of the local fishing industry, including Blyth Sands, which depicts the coast a few miles north of the community of Tynemouth.
In Homer’s drawing, two women walk arm in arm along the shore while a small fishing boat passes in the distance. Homer’s Cullercoats works frequently include paired figures, and he used the theme of female friendship to speak to the quiet endurance and comradery of those who waited daily for the safe return of fishermen from the sea. Many of these works convey the psychological strain of waiting, but Blyth Sands offers a lighter tone. The women stroll casually, sharing a peaceful moment together, perhaps just after seeing their partners off in a departing boat.
—Text taken from the Carter Handbook (2023).
Revealed Treasures: Drawings from the Permanent CollectionOctober 21, 2001–February 10, 2002
This exhibition of drawings spanning the 19th and 20th centuries represents the evolution of the medium from preliminary outlines for other artistic media to a modern means of self-expression in its own right.
The Allure of Paper: Drawings and Watercolors from the CollectionJuly 9–October 9, 2011
This special exhibition showcases one-of-a-kind works on paper never before exhibited together, chronicling the sweeping changes that occurred in American art over the course of nearly 200 years from portraiture and history painting to modernism and abstraction.
Homer and Remington in Black and WhiteMarch 4–July 2, 2017
This exhibition highlights the overlooked works on paper that helped catapult two great American artists to household names. Their ability to distill the essence of a scene using only black and white was fundamental to their success.
An Expanding Vision: Six Decades of Works on PaperApril 22–August 22, 2021
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Carter, this exhibition revisits key moments in the Carter’s history of collecting works on paper, highlighting the museum’s path to becoming one of the finest collections of American art in the country.