View and describe Winslow Homer’s painting ‘The Fog Warning’ from 1885. Try to interpret the meaning inherent in the work from the visual and contextual clues you see. Here is another link to Homer’s painting. Here you can compare your interpretation of the work to the curator’s text about it.
If I had to interpret the meaning inherent in the work with just one word, it would be “danger”. The life of a sailor has traditionally been dangerous. Certainly there are some wonderful aspects of being a sailor - travel, experiencing nature first hand, seeing things that people who have never been to sea will never have the opportunity to see. But being a sailor, especially in the 19th century, was fraught with peril. Even more so, the sailor in this picture is a fisherman which is obvious from the fish in the stern of his boat.
By the title, I imagine that the clouds on the horizon is the fog. The ship in the distance is likely the fisherman’s mothership and he is far out to sea. The mother ship is likely at least three miles away and he not only has to fight heavy seas which is dangerous enough, but he also has to race the weather. If he doesn’t get to the ship before the fog does, he could be lost at sea!
So danger is one meaning, but I think it also serves to honor the lives of the people who bring us our food. It is easy for people who don’t have to fish to take for granted lives of the people who literally risk their safety on a regular basis to bring us our food.