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Ship's Boat

Winslow Homer American

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Homer shows several sailors caught in the crest of a wave, struggling to right their capsized dory (a small, flat-bottomed rowboat). They scrabble against the vessel with their hands, desperately attempting to gain purchase before they crash against the looming rocks. Homer elaborated the context for this disastrous scene in a preparatory drawing, writing that the view was seen "from the retina of a drowned man." This explanation forecloses the possibility of rescue for the protagonist, as his fate is evidently sealed.

Ship's Boat, Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine), Watercolor on paper, American

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