West Point, Prout's Neck

Seawater surges around massive rocks as bands of brilliant color stretch across the horizon, casting a rosy glow over the ocean. “The picture is painted fifteen minutes after sunset—not one minute before,” wrote Homer about this work, which he considered to be among his best paintings. To record such a fleeting moment, he explained, took “many days of careful observation” from a specific point along the Maine coast, near his studio in Prouts Neck.


[M. Knoedler & Co., sold to Harrison, 31 Jan. 1901]; Hugh H. Harrison, New York (from 1901); George W. Young, New Rochelle, N.Y. (c. 1902); [I. A. Rose, New York, 1902]; Dr. George G. Heye, New York (by 1903–c. 1941); [Pascal M. Gatterdam, New York]; [Babcock Galleries, New York, 1941]; [M. Knoedler & Co., New York, sold to Clark, 26 Nov. 1941]; Sterling and Francine Clark (1941–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

Winslow Homer

American, 1836–1910

West Point, Prout's Neck


Oil on canvas

30 1/16 x 48 1/8 in. (76.4 x 122.2 cm) Frame: 39 5/8 x 57 11/16 x 2 5/8 in. (100.6 x 146.5 x 6.7 cm)

Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1941




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