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Style: Realism

Topic: Clouds Sea Life

Date: 1884

Museum: Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, United States)

The Life Line draws on the traditional shipwreck scenario--mountainous waves, wind and spray, a helpless vessel, and a desperate human struggle--with an original, modern perspective. The exhibition includes earlier work, such as images of suspense and rescue Homer (1836–1910) painted on the north coast of England in 1881–82. Preparatory drawings for The Life Line and etchings of the subject that followed help analyze changes the artist made in the final image, also seen in pentimenti (places where the artist changed his mind and revised the composition) on the surface of the painting and in recent X-radiographs.

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