Life Saving Patrol

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.

Title
Life Saving Patrol
Artist
Date
ca. 1893
Location
Dimensions
overall: 36 1854 12 in. (91.6138.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Clara L. Tuckerman

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – time – night
  • Animal – dog
  • Waterscape – sea
  • Figure male – full length
  • Occupation – sport – lifeguard
Object Number
1925.12.3
Palette
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