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The Gulf Stream by Winslow Homer

The Gulf Stream, 1899

Winslow Homer

In this dramatic scene, we find a man facing his demise on a rudderless fishing boat that’s lost its mast, threatened by both sharks and a distant waterspout. The roiling sea is tinged with blood. On the left horizon, we can see the faint outline of a schooner, though the doomed man isn’t aware of this possible salvation. The artist added it to the nearly-finished canvas later as a sign of hopeful rescue. Homer painted this after a winter visit to the Bahamas, and some experts have said he may be using the Gulf Stream to symbolize the era’s racial tensions.

Credit
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
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