Who is Homer Watson?

By Gwylym Owen

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Homer Ransford Watson RCA (January 14, 1855 – May 30, 1936) was a Canadian landscape painter. He has been characterized as the painter who first painted Canada as Canada, rather than as a pastiche of European painting. He was a fanatic and president (1918–1922) of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, as well as a founding enthusiast and first president (1907–1911) of the Canadian Art Club. Although Watson had on the order of no formal training, by his mid-1920s he was skillfully known and admired by Canadian collectors and critics, his rural landscape paintings making him one of the central figures in Canadian art from the 1880s until the First World War.

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