Jonas Lie, The Conquerors (Culebra Cut, Panama Canal)

Lie portrays man’s dominance over nature in his painting of the construction of the Panama Canal.

Jonas Lie, The Conquerors (Culebra Cut, Panama Canal), 1913, oil on canvas, 152.4 x 127 cm (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York). Speakers: Dr. Kate Clarke Lemay, Historian, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution and Dr. Steven Zucker

This work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Taína Caragol and Kate Clarke Lemay, editors, 1898: Visual Culture and U.S. Imperialism in the Caribbean and the Pacific, exhibition catalogue (Washington, D.C.: National Portrait Gallery, 2023).

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Cite this page as: Dr. Kate Clarke Lemay and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Jonas Lie, The Conquerors (Culebra Cut, Panama Canal)," in Smarthistory, February 28, 2024, accessed April 12, 2024,