Shipwreck! Winslow Homer and THE LIFE LINE

Sep 22, 2012

Nineteenth and early 20th-century American artist Winslow Homer painted civil war scenes, landscapes, and seascapes, but his tour de force was a close up of a dramatic rescue at sea. 

The Life Line, part of the American art collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is the focus of a new exhibition that explores the artistic foundation and historical events that set the stage for this groundbreaking work.

WRTI’s Susan Lewis considers the art of Winslow Homer and power of the sea, as well as the American lifesaving services that grew up around it.