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Topics: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Watercolor painting, Painting Pages: 4 (1494 words) Published: November 29, 2013

The paintings “The Lifeline” by Winslow Homer and “Prairie on Fire” by Charles Deas are two paintings that really struck out to me as similar. I think Homer’s painting, “The Lifeline”, is a very dramatic painting because of how the lady is just laying there passed out while this brave man is swinging across dangerous waves and rocks to get them to safety. Its very different from looking at in class because you can actually see the texture and brush strokes the artist used. When standing in front of a painting, it almost feels like your there watching this happen. You can see all the different details from the small brush strokes to the large ones, and the effect of light almost makes them look like they are glistening. I selected Charles Deas painting to compare to Homer’s painting because in both paintings a woman is passed out and is getting saved by an anonymous hero who is battling to safety. In the painting, “Prairie on Fire”, the hero’s face is turned, so all we see is the back of his head while he fights another man on another horse. In Homer’s painting, the scarf of the lady is covering the hero’s face. I really liked both of these paintings because there were very appealing, interesting, and similar. Homer’s painting made me feel the danger and the struggle to get to one place to another with a lot of obstacles in the way while Deas’ painting made me feel like I was watching a movie where her prince charming is saving a damsel in distress.

In Winslow Homer’s painting “The Lifeline”, there are a lot of formal elements being used such as color, light, perspective, symmetrical balance, and line. Homer uses the color red of the woman’s scarf to pull you toward her and to bring out the drama, danger, passion, and fear. He also uses dark colors such as dark blue and grey to show drama and that the two people are scared for their lives. Light is another element used for the waves. As can be seen in the painting, the wave that is under the two figures is...

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