Winslow Homer is pictured c. 1900 in his painting room at Prout's Neck, Me., with his work "The Gulf Stream."
Born in Boston in 1836, Homer's father was a businessman, his mother a watercolorist. He got his start as a combat artist, working for Harper's Weekly during the Civil War.
Before he settled in Maine, Homer lived and worked in New York, and studied in Europe, too, but his work was always distinctly American.
Credit: Bowdoin College Museum of Art