Home and Village Life
Throughout his career as an artist, Homer depicted ordinary people and ordinary scenes from their lives in a way that leads us to see the heroics and beauty in the mundane. Nearly all of his paintings are from the perspective of an eye witness to the scene. His figures lack distinguishing features and therefore can be imagined to be anyone from anywhere. This allows the viewer’s imagination to create a story.
While Homer changed his artistic focus from time to time, sometimes painting women, other times young boys, or farmers, or sailors, his paintings always projected a narrative. We find them just as compelling now as Homer’s contemporaries did over one hundred years ago.