In the final decades of his life, American artist Winslow Homer lived in a cabin without electricity or central heating off the rocky coast of Maine. Now the artist’s home and cabin in Prouts Neck, purchased by the Portland Museum of Art in 2006, is getting prepped for a public opening on Sept. 25. In honor of the opening, Architectural Digest takes a look at the cabin. It also presents a nifty slide show that opens with an image of the very dapper Homer. Though he lived with no electricity, he apparently had dozens of Brooks Brothers suits.
From the piece:
Spurred by what he saw, Homer sailed home late in 1882. He cleaned out the New York studio he had most recently occupied and repaired to Prouts Neck, a fishing village his brother Arthur had discovered in 1874. Hoping to turn the area into a summer resort, Homer’s father and brothers were busy buying up available land. Despite the artist’s growing penchant for solitude, he attempted to lodge with his family, with predictable results. “Winslow spent his first summer with his brother Charles’s family,” explains Charles Willauer, the artist’s great-great-nephew and present owner of the studio. “He realized that the hubbub was too distracting, so he asked for the stable. He moved it a short distance away and hired John Calvin Stevens, a Portland architect, to remodel it.”
In conjunction with the opening of the studio, you can also check out the works inspired by all those years of spartan coastal living at “Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine,” an exhibition which opens at the Portland Museum of Art on Sept. 22.