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The Wrecked Schooner

Winslow Homer American

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Inspired by a wreck off the coast of Prouts Neck, Maine, Homer rendered this image of a storm-tossed schooner caught between rocks and a raging sea. The artist shows only the remnants of the boat, with no sign of a life brigade, departing from the approach he had taken in paintings of similar subjects in the 1880s and 1890s. Homer brought a similarly pessimistic mindset to the initial composition of The Gulf Stream, which originally included no indication of possible rescue on the horizon. Among his last and most decisive shipwreck pictures, The Wrecked Schooner may also be one of the artist’s final works in watercolor.

The Wrecked Schooner, Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine), Watercolor and charcoal on paper, American

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