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.


[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.

Winslow Homer

American, 1836–1910

Summer Squall


Oil on canvas

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)

Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1923




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