Published in the Saturday Evening Post, with title label and an obituary affixed to the back of the work.
Anton Otto Fischer left his home in Germany as a teenager and got a job on an ocean freighter. For the next sixteen years, he sailed the seven seas, fascinated by the excitement of traveling to distant lands. In his spare time, he taught himself to draw and paint, and of course, his pictures were of nautical scenes. Finally settling in America, he began illustrating magazine covers and picture books, and created many covers of dramatic sea scenes for The Saturday Evening Post. Ultimately, he and his family settled in New London, Connecticut near the submarine base where President Franklin Delano Roosevelt appointed him Artist Laureate of the United States Navy.
This action packed war painting from 1941, shows a ship sinking and ablaze as a frantic crew awaits a lifeboat from a nearby vessel.