The American artist Winslow Homer concluded the marine painting entitled The Fog Warning in 1885. The artist had visited the Cullercoats in northern England, where he was marked by the harsh life of the fishermen and their family, drastically changing his view on art and nature. He returned to America to live in Prout’s Neck in Maine, where he concluded a series of drastic seascapes, including The Herring Net and Lost on the Grand Banks.
In The Fog Warning, Homer depicts a tense moment in which a fisherman is spotting his mother ship so he can return to safety. In the far distance, he sees the dense fog coming up on the horizon, almost covering the faraway ship. After a successful fishing expedition – as there are at least two large halibut in his rowboat – the fisherman must find and reach his main ship before the fog comes in, compromising his vision. His small boat tipped forward at a dramatic angle, making his head far above the horizon line and allowing the viewer to observe the details from inside of the raft. Homer doesn’t show the figures face, as he is looking towards the background, making it hard to read his expression and making the painting open to interpretation. All we know is that the protagonist needs to return to his mothership or he is lost out in the open ocean.
Different than his earlier seascapes, this turbulent scene has a dark color palette. The movement of the waves creates a beautiful dimension that varies from navy blue, blue-gray and white highlights. The sky is a light blue color with streaks of pink clouds, and the fog touches the horizon in a bland gray pigment. Homer created a diagonal line with the fog cloud on the right side of the canvas, imitating the angle of the rowboat and giving a beautiful harmony to the composition. The bright, shiny fish are the focal point of the painting, and one has its tailfin up in the air. The viewer’s eyes are lead upwards towards the sailor’s bag, to his hands and finally his head. Since the fisherman has his head facing the ship in the background, this ultimately leads the spectator into the far horizon, with hopeful wishes that the protagonist makes it safely home to his family.
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