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Diamond Shoal

Winslow Homer American

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Homer’s last known watercolor is a dynamic exploration of one of his most enduring subjects—the perils and power of the sea. It depicts a boat near the Diamond Shoal lightship, a vessel equipped with beacons to aid navigation in dangerous waters off the coast of North Carolina, at the junction of the Gulf Stream and the Labrador Current. Feared by sailors as the "graveyard of the Atlantic," it was an apt subject for Homer given his fascination with oceanic danger; he was likely familiar with the area owing to his winter trips from Maine to Florida. Urgently confronting the treacherous gale, the sailboat seems to head straight for the artist-viewer, creating a suspenseful scene of conflict that merges a dramatic narrative with breathtaking artistry.

Diamond Shoal, Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine), Watercolor and graphite on paper, American

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