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Homer Watson RCA CAC OSA

Born in Doon, Ontario, Watson studied art by copying paintings at the Toronto Normal School, and while working with John Fraser.Lucius O'Brien and Henri Perre in the Notman Photographic Studio, Toronto (1874-1875).However, he is mainly self-taught in paintings.His early work is influenced by George Inness and the Hudson River School, while his later work shows the influence of John Constable.He travelled extensively and painted in New York City (1876-1877); and the Adirondack Mountains, New York (1877); in England , Scotland, and France (1887-1889); in London England (1891, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1902, and 1910); on the Ile d'Orleans, Quebec (1896); and in western Canada and British Columbia (1921 , 1929).Working mainly in oil, but also in watercolour, ink, charcoal and etching, he is best known for his rural Ontario landscapes and scens of pioneer life.His early works combine detailed observation and romantic mood while his later works are impressionistic.He also completed some war paintings (1914-1918).He co-founded the Canadian Art Club with Edmund Morris in 1907 and was President of the ARCA in 1918-1922.He was active throughout his life in Doon where he died.Retrospective exhibitions of his work were held by the AGO in 1930, and NGC in 1963, and he exhibited extensively with the RCA in 1880-1936, the AAM in 1880-1894, and the RA.His work is in the collections of the AEAC,AGH,AGO,BAGF,EAG,LAG,MMFA,NGC,NMAG,OG, WAG, and Windsor Castle, London, England