Life Saving Patrol

  • Edward Moran, Life Saving Patrol, ca. 1893, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Clara L. Tuckerman, 1925.12.3

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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.

Life Saving Patrol
ca. 1893
On View
overall: 36 1/8 x 54 1/2 in. (91.6 x 138.4 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Clara L. Tuckerman

Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Waterscape – boat
  • Landscape – celestial – moon
  • Landscape – time – night
  • Animal – dog
  • Waterscape – sea
  • Figure male – full length
  • Occupation – sport – lifeguard
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