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Saco Bay

Winslow Homer

American, 1836–1910

Saco Bay


Homer painted this sunset over Saco Bay in Maine from a spot near his studio. Two women, carrying fishing nets and lobster traps, seem as solid and enduring as the rocks beneath their feet. They were among the last figures Homer included in his paintings, as he increasingly turned his attention to the sea. One contemporary reviewer criticized the scene’s “unnatural strawberry sky,” but the artist considered it one of his best works.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 23 13/16 x 37 15/16 in. (60.5 x 96.4 cm) Framed: 34 1/8 x 48 1/4 x 4 1/2 in. (86.7 x 122.6 x 11.4 cm)
Object Number 1955.5
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1923
Status On View

Image Caption

Winslow Homer, Saco Bay, 1896, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.5.


Conrads, Margaret C. American Paintings and Sculpture at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1990.


[Reichard & Co., New York, 1896]; The Lotos Club, New York (1897–1923); [M. Knoedler & Co., New York, sold to Clark, 27 Nov. 1923]; Sterling and Francine Clark (1923–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.