What makes this print so unique is that it's actually depicting a strong confident black man in the middle of a horrendous situation lost somewhere in the Gulf Stream. Perhaps this is similar to how some of our brave men feel in the midst of war? Where does his confidence come from? How does his courage stand?
The shot below shows the "rigger" that was re-worked into the painting by Homer after his peer's felt that the painting was somewhat gloomy. They felt that by him adding the rigger it gave the painting a glimmer of hope.
The original went up for sale in 1900-01 for an astounding price tag of $4,000.00. He had much difficulty selling the painting, but he never knew if was because of the high price or the gloomy subject matter.
It's our hope that someone might have a special place for this in their home. It's so important to preserve our heritage for future generations. And this is a grand example of strength and endurance.