Winslow Homer: An American Original
Haunted by the horrors of the Civil War, reclusive 19th century American artist Winslow Homer has found solitude in the New England countryside, but it is disrupted by a pair of teenagers who work their way into his life and his art.
In 1874, Winslow Homer finds his solitude interrupted by the unwelcome intrusion of teenagers Gabe and Fee. Unable to get rid of these surprise guests, he invites them to his studio, where he asks them to pose. Gabe talks of his desire to be a soldier, just like his late brother, a sharpshooter, while Fee describes her family's beautiful cottage. Though Gabe and Fee have become friends, they part angrily when Gabe learns that she actually lives in a rundown squatter's shack. Unable to complete the paintings he's started without both of his young models, Homer does his best to repair the rift. Both teens eventually reveal the truth: Gabe's brother was an "ordinary" soldier, while Fee's father was seriously injured in the war and has never fully recovered. Thanks to Homer's assistance, Gabe reconciles with his grief-stricken mother, and Fee begins attending school. Homer now realizes how much he enjoyed the company of his young friends and returns to painting with new creative energy.