On loan to The Met The Met accepts temporary loans of art both for short-term exhibitions and for long-term display in its galleries.
The Life Brigade
Winslow Homer American
Not on view
At Cullercoats, Homer painted almost exclusively in watercolor; this remarkably bold oil sketch was likely produced after his return to the United States. Inspired by scenes of rescue and his admiration for the local volunteer lifesaving crews that he had witnessed in action, the artist evokes a transitional moment as the team on shore anticipates their encounter with a roiling sea. Broadly painted and pared down to the most essential narrative details, the work emphasizes imminent danger, adventure, and nature’s threat.