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Shipwreck! Winslow Homer and THE LIFE LINE

Nineteenth and early 20th-century American artist Winslow Homer painted civil war scenes, landscapes, and seascapes, but his tour de force was a close up of a dramatic rescue at sea. 

The Life Line, part of the American art collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is the focus of a new exhibitionthat explores the artistic foundation and historical events that set the stage for this groundbreaking work.

WRTI’s Susan Lewis considers the art of Winslow Homer and power of the sea, as well as the American lifesaving services that grew up around it.

Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and contributes weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.