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Winslow Homer

American, 1836–1910

Summer Squall


Summer Squall was inspired by a sudden storm Homer observed from his studio at Prouts Neck, Maine. Thick strokes of white paint suggest the foaming water violently surging over and around the flat rock in the foreground, which in better weather was one of the artist’s favorite fishing spots. The solitary sailboat in the distance enhances the painting’s drama, evoking the human struggle with the forces of nature.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 24 1/4 x 30 1/4 in. (61.6 x 76.8 cm) Frame: 34 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 40 in. (87.6 x 9.5 x 101.6 cm)
Object Number 1955.8
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1923
Status On View

Image Caption

Winslow Homer, Summer Squall, 1904, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.8.


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


[M. Knoedler & Co., New York, 1904]; Morris J. Hirsch, New York (from 1904); [M. Knoedler & Co., New York, 1915]; [John Levy Galleries, New York, 1915]; Harold S. Somers, New York; [M. Knoedler & Co., New York, sold to Clark, 16 June 1923]; Sterling and Francine Clark (1923–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.