10 Classic Works of Art, Marine Paintings – With Footnotes, #27

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, 1863 – 1923

Arrival of the Boats, c. 1898

Oil on canvas 

Private Collection

Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (27 February 1863 10 August 1923) was a Spanish painter. Sorolla excelled in the painting of portraits, landscapes, and monumental works of social and historical themes. His most typical works are characterized by a dexterous representation of the people and landscape under the sunlight of his native land. More

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, 1863 – 1923

Arrival of the Fishing Boats on the beach, Valencia, c. 1898

Oil on canvas

50 cm (19.69 in.), 98 cm (38.58 in.)

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes – Buenos Aires  (Argentina)

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, 1863 – 1923

Beach at Valencia, c. 1904

Oil on canvas

Height: 46 cm (18.11 in.), Width: 116 cm (45.67 in.)

Private Collection

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, 1863 – 1923

Beach at Valencia (also known as Afternoon Sun), c. 1908

Oil on canvas 

Private Collection

Valencia was founded as a Roman colony in 138 BC, and called Valentia Edetanorum. In 714 Moroccan and Arab Moors occupied the city, introducing their language, religion and customs; they implemented improved irrigation systems and the cultivation of new crops as well, being capital of the Taifa of Valencia. In 1238 the Christian king James I of Aragon reconquered the city and divided the land among the nobles who helped him conquer it. In the 18th century Philip V of Spain abolished the privileges as punishment to the kingdom of Valencia for aligning with the Habsburg side in the War of the Spanish Succession. Valencia was the capital of Spain when Joseph Bonaparte moved the Court there in the summer of 1812. It also served as capital between 1936 and 1937, during the Second Spanish Republic.

The city is situated on the banks of the Turia, on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, fronting the Gulf of Valencia on the Mediterranean Sea. More Valencia

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, 1863 – 1923

The Arrival of the Boats, c. 1907

Oil on canvas 

Height: 105 cm (41.34 in.), Width: 196.5 cm (77.36 in.)

Private Collection

Edward Moran, 1829 – 1901

NEW YORK BAY

Oil on canvas

36 by 66 1/2 inches, (91.4 by 168.9 cm)

Private Collection

Edward Moran (August 19, 1829 in Bolton, Lancashire, England – June 8, 1901 in New York City) was an American artist of maritime paintings. Moran was born in England on August 19, 1829. Following in the footsteps of his father’s profession, he learned to operate a hand-loom at a young age, though he would often be found sketching with charcoal on the white fabric instead of plying the shuttle. His family first emigrated to Maryland in 1844, and then to Philadelphia a year later.

It was in Philadelphia around 1845 that Edward apprenticed under James Hamilton and landscape painter Paul Weber; Hamilton guided Moran specifically in the style of marine paintings. In the 1850s Moran began to make a name for himself in the Philadelphia artistic scene; working in the same studio as his younger brother, famous American painter Thomas Moran, Edward received commissions and even completed some lithographic work. In 1862, he traveled to London and became a pupil in the Royal Academy.

 

Edward Moran, 1829 – 1901

NEW YORK BAY

Detail

In 1885, at the height of his career, Moran began on what would be considered his most important work – a series of 13 paintings representing the Marine History of the United States. He chose to have thirteen paintings in the series because of the significance of the number in American history (13 colonies, 13 stars and stripes on the original US flag, etc.). The subjects include Leif Ericsson, Christopher Columbus, Hernando de Soto, Henry Hudson, and Admiral Dewey, among others.[3] Not long after their completion, the series was displayed at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. More

Edward Moran, 1829 – 1901

SHIP AT SEA

Oil on canvas

20 1/2 by 30 inches, (52.1 by 76.2 cm)

Private Collection

Sir Noël Coward, (British, 1900-1973)

The Yacht 

Oil on canvas

50.5 x 40.5cm (19 7/8 x 15 15/16in)

Private Collection

Sir Noël Peirce Coward (16 December 1899 – 26 March 1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called “a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise”.

Born in Teddington, south-west London, Coward attended a dance academy in London as a child, making his professional stage début at the age of eleven. As a teenager he was introduced into the high society in which most of his plays would be set. Coward achieved enduring success as a playwright, publishing more than 50 plays from his teens onwards. He composed hundreds of songs, in addition to well over a dozen musical theatre works, screenplays, poetry, several volumes of short stories Coward’s stage and film acting and directing career spanned six decades, during which he starred in many of his own works.

At the outbreak of the Second World War Coward volunteered for war work, running the British propaganda office in Paris. He also worked with the Secret Service. Coward won an Academy Honorary Award in 1943, and was knighted in 1969. More Noël Peirce Coward 

Sir Noël Coward (British, 1900-1973)

Fisher Boys, Jamaica 

Oil on canvas board

36 x 26cm (14 3/16 x 10 1/4in).

Private Collection

 

Campbell Archibald Mellon, (British, 1876-1955)

Kessingland beach 

Oil on board

23.5 x 30.5cm (9 1/4 x 12in).

Private Collection

Kessingland, King’s land,  is a large village in the Waveney District of the English county of Suffolkt. It is of interest to archaeologists as Palaeolithic and Neolithic implements have been found here; the remains of an ancient forest lie buried on the seabed.

There has been a settlement here since Palaeolithic times. Between the Hundred River and Latmer Dam was once a large estuary which was used by the Vikings and Romans. The sea provided the village with its main livelihood. More Kessingland

Campbell Archibald Mellon (British, 1876-1955) was born in Berkshire, and moving to Nottingham in 1903 to work as a travelling salesman. He was determined on an artist’s life in Norfolk after witnessing World War One horrors. His nickname of Melancholy Mellon reflected both the muddy palette of his early land-locked pictures and his memories of the trenches.

Mellon moved to a house overlooking Gorleston harbour – and for three years became Arnesby Brown’s only known student. They were to remain life-long friends and to die within weeks of one another.

But while Arnesby Brown was the painter-poet of the marshes, Mellon excelled in people-packed scenes on the beach below his studio.

He captured the fleeting glories of the English seaside summer, he stressed a celebratory brightness by often painting directly into the sun – lighting up his teeming cast beneath a sky possibly bearing the cumulus clouds that might rain on the paddlers and promenaders within minutes. He was the portraitist of passing pleasure. More Campbell Archibald Mellon Campbell Archibald Mellon

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Author: zaidangallery

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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