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Life Saving Patrol

ca. 1893 Edward Moran Born: Bolton, England 1829 Died: New York, New York 1901 oil on canvas overall: 36 1/8 x 54 1/2 in. (91.6 x 138.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Clara L. Tuckerman 1925.12.3 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Many of Edward Moran’s paintings show powerful scenes of shipwrecks and storms that emphasize the struggle between man and nature. In Life Saving Patrol, however, the sea and the sky appear relatively calm. The dramatic scale of the lifeguard against the moonlit water suggests a balance of power between the ocean and the brave men who risk their lives to rescue its victims.

Keywords

Animal - dog

Figure(s) in exterior - water

Landscape - celestial - moon

Landscape - time - night

Occupation - sport - lifeguard

Waterscape - boat

Waterscape - sea

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Edward Moran

Born: Bolton, England 1829 Died: New York, New York 1901

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