The Wreck

  • Harrington Fitzgerald, The Wreck, 1901, oil on wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1913.6.1

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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.

Title
The Wreck
Artist
Date
1901
Location
Dimensions
26 3/4 x 41 in. (68.1 x 104.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Waterscape – weather – storm
  • Disaster – shipwreck
Object Number
1913.6.1
Palette
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