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The Wreck

1901 Harrington Fitzgerald Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1847 Died: Williamstown, Pennsylvania 1930 oil on wood 26 3/4 x 41 in. (68.1 x 104.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1913.6.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 9B


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The Wreck shows a lifeboat pulling away from a sinking ship, with a storm approaching from the left. Although steamships in the nineteenth century made sea travel more predictable, the sheer power and vastness of the ocean remained a source of fascination for many artists. This piece evokes adventure and danger as the men struggle to escape the doomed ship.

Keywords

Disaster - shipwreck

Figure(s) in exterior - water

Waterscape - boat

Waterscape - sea

Waterscape - weather - storm

painting

paint - oil

wood

About Harrington Fitzgerald

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1847 Died: Williamstown, Pennsylvania 1930

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