The German American painter Albert Bierstadt heightens the sense of drama in this work through the use of strong contrasts: white spray against rocks, or a dark tree against a light background. He locates these tonal contrasts so that the viewer's eye finds points of interest in different areas of the composition. This is particularly important in a large painting.
At the height of his career, Bierstadt was the most popular landscape painter in America.
In the calm waters of the harbor, reflections become a much more important part of the composition.
Masts and ropes provide interesting linear elements.
These paintings also exploit the contrasting tones on opposite sides of the hulls of the boats, best seen in the late afternoon.
Australian artist, Hobie Porter, superimposes images of manufactured objects onto his seascapes, provoking the viewer to reflect on humanity's effect on the natural world. These large canvases are executed in meticulous detail.
To paint the sea, you must love it, and to love it, you must know the sea. - Frederick Judd Waugh
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This blog is intended as a reference resource for seascape painters (particularly those working in oils) and for art lovers. It's a mix of nautical/maritime art, seascapes and coastal scenes, both old and new. The blog is of a non-profit, educational nature; however, if you are the owner of an image and would like it removed, please advise in a comment to the post. Add comments by clicking on the word 'comments' under a post.
Copyright of images of paintings on this blog are usually held by the artist or owner and are not generally in the public domain.
A large proportion of the artists are from the US simply because their work seems to be easier to find on the internet, and perhaps the genre is more popular there, but suggestions of famous painters from other countries (and for the blog in general) are welcome.
Apologies if a link to an artist's or gallery's website has been inadvertantly omitted. If you are interested in seeing more, or purchasing, work by any of the artists on this site, google their full name in inverted commas, with perhaps the word 'paintings' or 'artist' and it should take you to their site or the site of a gallery representing them.
If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry