Wait . . . where's the red swim trunks. Early lifeguards in action.
Winslow Homer is one of America's preeminent artists from the 1800s. He was a Realist, mainly focused on painting scenes of ordinary life and landscapes. "Undertow" is based on a real life rescue that Homer witnessed on a visit to Atlantic City in 1883. He choose to do a freizelike formation to create a more dramatic effect. The painting was first shown at the National Academy in 1887.