Homer, Winslow. After the Hurricane, Bahamas. 1899, watercolor on paper. Art Institute Chicago.

Winslow Homer (1836-1910) is one of America’s greatest watercolorists. This well-known painting titled “After the Hurricane, Bahamas” was painted in 1899 and was inspired by Homer’s travels around the Caribbean. A self-taught artist, Homer had a keen sense of the expressive possibilities of color. The contrast of light and dark in this piece displays a storm recently passed but still threatening, with the bright sun illuminating the destruction left in its wake.