9780300185478

Shipwreck! Winslow Homer and "The Life Line"

  • ISBN 13:

    9780300185478

  • ISBN 10:

    0300185472

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 10/02/2012
  • Publisher: Yale University Press

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Summary

The Life Line, a thrilling scene of rescue on the high seas, firmly established Winslow Homer (18361910) as one of the leading American painters of his day, and one of the foremost maritime artists of all time. Combining a close analysis of Homer's masterpiece with an engaging look at the history of images of disaster and rescue in art and popular culture, Shipwreck!explores the making and meaning of an iconic American work of art. Kathleen A. Foster locates The Life Linewithin the tradition of shipwreck paintings from the 17th century onward, as well as in relation to Homer's earlier work, which also featured themes of disaster, suspense, and salvation. This intriguing book presents new research that tracks Homer's delicate management of the figures' erotic embrace, and traces how the artist was influenced by popular contemporary images of drowning, rescue, and mourning as well as the development of new life-saving technologies.

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