13 Classic Works of Art, Marine Paintings – With Footnotes, #31

FOLLOWER OF ANGE-JOSEPH-ANTOINE ROUX, (french 1765-1835) 

“ACTION BETWEEN H.M FRIGATE ”AMBUSCADE” AND THE FRENCH FRIGATE ”BAYONNAISE”” 

Oil on canvas 

23 3/8 x 30 in. (59.4 x 76.2cm)

Private Collection

HMS Ambuscade was a 32-gun fifth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy, built in 1773. The French captured her in 1798 but the British recaptured her in 1803. She was broken up in 1810.

On 13 December 1798, Ambuscade captured a French merchantman, Faucon, with a cargo of sugar and coffee bound for Bordeaux. Disaster struck the following day. Ambuscade was blockading Rochefort, when the smaller French corvette Bayonnaise captured her at the Action of 14 December 1798. The court martial exonerated Captain Henry Jenkins of Ambuscade, though a good case could be made that he exhibited poor leadership and ship handling. The French brought her into service as Embuscade.

On 28 May 1803, HMS Victory recaptured her. She had a crew of 187 men under the command of capitaine de vaisseau Fradin, and was 30 days out of Cap Francais, bound for Rochefort. The Royal Navy took her back into service as Ambuscade.

In March 1805, she was attached to Sir James Craig’s military expedition to Italy. Along with Dragon, Craig’s flagship, and Lively, Ambuscade escorted a fleet of transports to Malta. On 4 March 1807, Ambuscade captured the ship Istria. Unité, Melpomene, Bittern and Weazel (or Weazle) were in company and shared in the prize money. More on the Ambuscade

Jean François Hue, (French, 1751-1823)

French corvette Bayonnaise boarding HMS Ambuscade during the Action of 14 December 1798

Bayonnaise was a 24-gun corvette of the French Navy, launched in 1793. Bayonnaise was being built as a privateer when the Ministry of Marine requisitioned her in 1793 before she sailed. The Ministry assumed the construction contracts and purchased her in March 1794. Her hull was coppered in 1795 in Brest. She was officially renamed Brême that year, but apparently the new name was roundly ignored.

She became famous for the Action of 14 December 1798, in which she captured the much stronger 32-gun Ambuscade off the Gironde. Ambuscade was blockading Rochefort, when the smaller Bayonnaise captured her. Ambuscade had ten men killed, including her first lieutenant and master, and 36 wounded, including her captain. Bayonnaise had 30 killed, and 30 badly wounded, including Richer and his first lieutenant.

On 28 November 1803, Ardent gave chase to Bayonnaise in Finisterre Bay. The corvette’s crew ran her ashore and then set fire to her prevent the British from capturing her. Captain Winthrop of Ardent described Bayonnaise as a frigate of 32 guns and 220 men, which had been sailing from Havana to Ferrol. Actually, Bayonnaise was armed en flute with only six 8-pounder guns, and was returning from the Antilles.

Archaeologists of the “Finisterre Project” in August 2010 located Bayonnaise’s wreck on Langosteira beach, Finisterre. More on the Bayonnaise

Ange-Joseph Antoine Roux, “Antoine Roux” (1765–1835) was a French fine art painter who specialised in maritime painting, sometimes referred to as marine art. Roux came from a family of artists and primarily worked in Marseille. Early in life he was apprenticed to his father, Joseph Roux (1752–93), an hydrographer as well as an artist in his own right, spending his leisure hours painting and drawing. He died of cholera in Marseille in 1835. More Roux

Jean-François Hue ( Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines , December 2, 1751 – Paris, 26 December 1823) was a French landscape painter of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He was received at the Royal Academy in 1782. His main sources of inspiration for his works are his great voyages.

He entered the studio of Joseph Vernet as a painter and landscape designer; He painted four views of the castle of Mousseaux and it’s gardens.

Having specialized in landscapes and marines, his talent allowed him to become an official Navy painter, following in the footsteps of his master Joseph Vernet . Thus, in 1791 , the Constituent Assembly entrusted him with the task of completing the series representing the ports of France, commissioned at Vernet from 1753 .

Between 1792 and 1798 , he executed a series of six paintings on the theme of the ports of Brittany . More on Jean-François Hue

Thomas Bush Hardy

Scarborough, c. 1895

watercolour

22cm x 71cm

Private Collection

Scarborough is a town on the North Sea coast of North Yorkshire, England. The town lies between 10–230 feet (3–70 m) above sea level, rising steeply northward and westward from the harbour onto limestone cliffs. 

The most striking feature of the town’s geography is a high rocky promontory pointing eastward into the North Sea. The promontory supports the 11th century ruins of Scarborough Castle and separates the seafront into two bays, to the north and south. More on Scarborough 

Thomas Bush Hardy (1842, Sheffield – 1897, Maida Vale, London) was a British marine painter and watercolourist. As a young man he travelled in the Netherlands and Italy. In 1884 Hardy was elected a Member of the Royal Society of British Artists. He exhibited with the Society and also at the Royal Academy.

His paintings feature coastal scenes in England and the Netherlands, the French Channel ports and the Venetian Lagoon.

Hardy had nine children. His son Dudley Hardy was a painter, illustrator and poster designer. His daughter Dorothy received an MBE after working as a nurse in the First World War. He died on 15 December 1897 in Maida Vale, London. More on Thomas Bush Hardy

Charles Dixon, 1872 – 1934

In Mid Atlantic, c. 1921

Watercolour heightened with body colour

43.5cm x 76.5cm

Private Collection

Charles Edward Dixon (8 December 1872 – 12 September 1934) was a British maritime painter of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, whose work was highly successful and regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy. Several of his paintings are held by the National Maritime Museum and he was a regular contributing artist to magazines and periodicals. He lived at Itchenor in Sussex and died in 1934. More on Charles Edward Dixon

Charles Dixon, 1872 – 1934

Tower Bridge, 1910

Watercolour and bodycolour on paper on paper

535 x 372mm

Private Collection

Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London built between 1886 and 1894. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London. 

In the second half of the 19th century, an advertisement in the East End of London led to a hiring for a new river crossing downstream of London Bridge. A traditional fixed bridge at street level could not be built because it would cut off access by sailing ships to the port facilities in the Pool of London, between London Bridge and the Tower of London. More on the Tower Bridge

Lyonel Feininger, 1910 – 2011

Romance at the seaside, 1943

Watercolour and ink on paper

24 x 31.5 cm.

Private Collection

T. Lux Feininger (June 11, 1910 Berlin — July 7, 2011 Cambridge) was an American painter, avant-garde photographer, author, and art teacher who was born in Berlin to Julia Berg and Lyonel Charles Feininger, an American living in Germany from the age of sixteen. His father was the first faculty appointment made to the Bauhaus in Weimar by its founder, Walter Gropius, in 1919. He had two older full brothers, including Andreas Feininger, and two half sisters, even older, by Clara Fürst and his father (from his first marriage). More Lyonel Feininger 

Lyonel Feininger, 1910 – 2011

Untitled – sailing boat, c. 1934

ink, watercolour on paper

16.1 x 19 cm

Private Collection

William Lee Hankey, (1869–1952) 

Sardine Boats at Douarnenez, France

Oil on canvas

63 x 76cm (24 3/4 x 29 7/8in.)

Private Collection

William Lee Hankey (1869–1952) RWS,RI,ROI,RE,NS was a British painter and book illustrator. He specialised in landscapes, character studies and portraits of pastoral life, particularly in studies of mothers with young children.

He was born in Chester and worked as a designer after leaving school. He studied art in the evenings at the Chester School of Art, then at the Royal College of Art. Later in Paris he became influenced by the work of Jules Bastien-Lepage, who also favoured rustic scenes depicted in a realistic but sentimental style. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1896 and was President of the London Sketch Club from 1902 to 1904. He stayed in France in the early 1900s, painting many of his works in Brittany and Normandy. From 1904 until well after World War I he maintained a studio at the Etaples art colony.

It was Hankey’s black and white and coloured etchings of the people of Étaples, which gained him a reputation as ‘one of the most gifted of the figurative printmakers working in original drypoint during the first thirty years of the 20th century’. One that is particularly striking for its stylistic presentation was “The Refugees”, his contribution to raising awareness of the consequences for ordinary people of the German invasion of France and Belgium in 1914. He went on to serve with the Artists’ Rifles from 1915 to 1918.

In Britain he had been associated with the Newlyn School, a group of English artists based in the titular village in Cornwall who were themselves influenced by the romantic poets such as Wordsworth and Keats. More on William Lee Hankey

Michael Peter Ancher  (1849–1927)

The Lifeboat is Taken through the Dunes, c. 1883

Oil on canvas

171 × 221 cm (67.3 × 87 in)

Museum for Kunst,  Copenhagen

Michael Peter Ancher (9 June 1849 – 19 September 1927) was a Danish realist artist. He is remembered above all for his paintings of fishermen and other scenes from the Danish fishing community in Skagen. Ancher was born on the island of Bornholm. He attended school in Rønne but was unable to complete his secondary education as his father ran into financial difficulties. In 1866, he met the painters Theodor Philipsen and Vilhelm Groth. Impressed with his own early work, they encouraged him to take up painting as a profession. In 1871, he spent a short period at C.V Nielsen’s art school as a preliminary to joining the Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen later in the year. Although he spent some time at the academy, he left in 1875 without graduating.

Michael Peter Ancher  (1849–1927)

Will he round the point? c. 1885

Oil on canvas

110×142 cm.

Private Collection

 He achieved his artistic breakthrough in 1879 with the painting Vil han klare pynten (Will He Round the Point?) (above). Michael Ancher’s works depict Skagen’s heroic fishermen and their dramatic experiences at sea. More on Michael Peter Ancher 

N. C. Wyeth, 1882 – 1945

Deep Cove Lobster Man, ca.1938

Oil on gessoed board (Renaissance Panel)

16 1/4 x 22 3/4 in.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Newell Convers Wyeth (October 22, 1882 – October 19, 1945), known as N. C. Wyeth, was an American artist and illustrator. During his lifetime, Wyeth created over 3,000 paintings and illustrated 112 books, 25 of them for Scribner’s, the Scribner Classics, which is the work for which he is best known. The first of these, Treasure Island, was one of his masterpieces and the proceeds paid for his studio. Wyeth was a realist painter just as the camera and photography began to compete with his craft. Sometimes seen as melodramatic, his illustrations were designed to be understood quickly. He is notably the father of painter Andrew Wyeth and the grandfather of Jamie Wyeth, both celebrated American painters. More on Newell Convers Wyeth

Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, 1863 – 1923

Breakwater, San Sebastian, 1918

Oil on canvas

81 x 104.5 cm

Sorolla Museum,  Madrid, Spain

San Sebastián is a coastal city and municipality located in the Basque Autonomous Community, Spain. It lies on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, 20 km from the French border. San Sebastián’s picturesque shoreline makes it a popular beach resort. The seaside environment is enhanced by hilly surroundings that are easily accessible. More on San Sebastián

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 on Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida

UNKNOWN (20TH CENTURY)

STEAM SHIP

Oil on panel

8 x 10 in.

Private Collection


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09 Classic Works of Art, Marine Paintings – With Footnotes, #30

Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ships a Sea, getting a Good Wetting, 1844

Oil on canvas

 J. Paul Getty Museum

Joseph Mallord William Turner, RA (baptised 14 May 1775 – 19 December 1851) was an English Romanticist landscape painter. Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting.

Although renowned for his oil paintings, Turner is also one of the greatest masters of British watercolour landscape painting. He is commonly known as “the painter of light” and his work is regarded as a Romantic preface to Impressionism. More on Joseph Mallord William Turner

Montague Dawson

TEARING ON” / THE ‘WILD RANGER’ 1044 TONS BUILT IN 1853

Oil on canvas

50.8 x 77.5 cm.

Private collection

This painting depicts the three-masted clipper ship WILD RANGER in rough seas. Most of the ships sails are unfurled. This ship conducted trade between America and Australia during 1857 and 1860.

The era of the clipper ships was dominated by a sense of romance, competition, national pride and innovative technology. The sleek and graceful ships were a symbol of modernity in America and a fundamental part of the expanding global economy. Their design concentrated on speed instead of cargo capacity, a great benefit to shipping companies eager to transport goods quickly. The WILD RANGER was a 1044 ton clipper ship built by J O Curtis at Medford, Massachusetts in 1853. It made a number of journeys from America to Sydney and Melbourne between 1857- 1860, before being renamed OCEAN CHIEF in 1862. The vessel foundered off Australia’s coast in 1872. It is claimed the crew wanted to abandon the ship for the gold fields and exacerbated its destruction by boring holes in the pumps. More on the WILD RANGER

Montague Dawson, 1890–1973

TEARING ON” / THE ‘WILD RANGER’ 1044 TONS BUILT IN 1853

Detail

Montague Dawson RMSA, FRSA (1890–1973) was a British painter who was renowned as a maritime artist. His most famous paintings depict sailing ships, usually clippers or warships of the 18th and 19th centuries. Montague was the son of a keen yachtsman and the grandson of the marine painter Henry Dawson (1811–1878), born in Chiswick, London. Much of his childhood was spent on Southampton Water where he was able to indulge his interest in the study of ships. For a brief period around 1910 Dawson worked for a commercial art studio in Bedford Row, London, but with the outbreak of the First World War he joined the Royal Navy. Whilst serving with the Navy in Falmouth he met Charles Napier Hemy (1841–1917), who considerably influenced his work. In 1924 Dawson was the official artist for an Expedition to the South Seas by the steam yacht St.George. During the expedition he provided illustrated reports to the Graphic magazine.

After the War, Dawson established himself as a professional marine artist, concentrating on historical subjects and portraits of deep-water sailing ships. During the Second World War, he was employed as a war artist. Dawson exhibited regularly at the Royal Society of Marine Artists, of which he became a member, from 1946 to 1964, and occasionally at the Royal Academy between 1917 and 1936. By the 1930s he was considered one of the greatest living marine artists, whose patrons included two American Presidents, Dwight D Eisenhower and Lyndon B Johnson, as well as the British Royal Family. Also in the 1930s, he moved to Milford-Upon-Sea in Hampshire, living there for many years. Dawson is noted for the strict accuracy in the nautical detail of his paintings which often sell for six figures.

The work of Montague Dawson is represented in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and the Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth. More on Montague Dawson

Thomas Luny, ST. EWE, CORNWALL 1759 – 1837 LONDON

THE BOMBARDMENT OF ALGIERS, 27 AUGUST 1816

Oil on canvas

39 3/4  by 50 in.; 101 by 127 cm.

Private Collection

The action was under the command of Admiral Lord Exmouth off Algiers on 27 August 1816.  Following Napoleon’s final defeat in 1815, the Royal Navy no longer needed the assistance of the Barbary States as a source of supplies for Gibraltar and would no longer tolerate further threat of piracy in the Mediterranean, or the systemic enslavement of Europeans in North Africa.  A  diplomatic mission was undertaken to secure the release of British subjects held in captivity.  However, when Algerian troops massacred two hundred Corsican, Sicilian and Sardinian fishermen who were under British protection, it was finally decided that action should be taken.

Thomas Luny, ST. EWE, CORNWALL 1759 – 1837 LONDON

THE BOMBARDMENT OF ALGIERS, 27 AUGUST 1816

Detail

The fleet reached Algiers on 27 August and, when no answer was given to Lord Exmouth’s demands for the release of prisoners, the order was given to fire.  The fire was returned and a fierce action ensued, lasting eight hours.  The Algerian batteries were destroyed, along with thirty-three Algerian vessels and much of the town.  The result was the release of three thousand European slaves, over a thousand of them British, along with the British Consul. Lord Exmouth returned to England in triumph. More on the action

Thomas Luny (1759–1837), born in Cornwall, an English artist and painter, mostly of seascapes and other marine-based works. At the age of eleven, Luny left Cornwall to live in London. There he became the apprentice of Francis Holman. Luny remained until 1780 in Holman’s London studio.

In September 1777, Luny journied  to France. During this particular expedition, Luny almost certainly strayed from France itself; his first exhibited picture in London, seen at the Society of Artists that same year.

Luny left Holman’s studio in 1780. It was around this time that Luny was frequently exhibiting at the Royal Academy, in a total of twenty-nine exhibitions between 1780 and 1802. In Leadenhall Street, Luny became acquainted with a “Mr. Merle”, a dealer and framer of paintings who promoted Luny’s paintings for over twenty years, to great success. Luny also found a wealthy source of business in Leadenhall Street, where the British East India Company had their headquarters; their officers commissioned many paintings and portraits from Luny. Luny was occasionally invited as a guest on the Company’s ships on special occasions and voyages.

Several years later, in 1807, Luny decided to move again, this time to Teignmouth in Devon. There he received a number of commissions. Luny was by that time suffering with arthritis in both of his hands. This had no obvious impact on the quality or pace of his artistic work. In fact, of his lifetime oeuvre of over 3,000 works, over 2,200 were produced between 1807 and his death.[2] He died on 30 September 1837. More Thomas Luny

Circle of Claude-Joseph Vernet

A MEDITERRANEAN HARBOR SCENE WITH FIGURES ON THE SHORE, AND FISHERMEN LAUNCHING A BOAT

Oil on canvas

9 3/4  by 12 3/4  in.; 24.7 by 32.5 cm.

Private Collection

Claude-Joseph Vernet (born Aug. 14, 1714, Avignon, France—died Dec. 3, 1789, Paris) was a French landscape and marine painter whose finest works, the series of 15 Ports of France (1754–65), constitute a remarkable record of 18th-century life.

The son of a decorative painter, Vernet worked in Rome (1734–53), finding inspiration both in the expansive, luminous art of the 17th-century French master Claude Lorrain and in the dramatic and picturesque work of the 17th-century Italian painter Salvator Rosa. Vernet’s shipwrecks, sunsets, and conflagrations reveal an unusually subtle observation of light and atmosphere. With his compatriot Hubert Robert, he catered to a new taste for idealized, somewhat sentimentalized landscapes. After returning to Paris he became a member of the French Royal Academy and was commissioned by King Louis XV to paint the port series. The decline in his later work is attributed to overproduction. The family tradition of painting was maintained by his son Carle Vernet and his grandson Horace Vernet. More on Claude-Joseph Vernet

John George Brown, 1831 – 1913

HEADING OUT, c. 1878

Oil on canvas

 20 1/2 by 30 inch

Private Collection

John George Brown (November 11, 1831 – February 8, 1913) was a British citizen and an American painter born in Durham, England on November 11, 1831. His parents apprenticed him to the career of glass worker at the age of fourteen in an attempt to dissuade him from pursuing painting. He studied nights at the School of Design in Newcastle-on-Tyne while working as a glass cutter there between 1849 and 1852 and evenings at the Trustees Academy in Edinburgh while working at the Holyrood Glass Works between 1852 and 1853. After moving to New York City in 1853, he studied with Thomas Seir Cummings at the National Academy of Design where he was elected a National Academician in 1861. Brown was the Academy’s vice-president from 1899 to 1904.

Around 1855, he worked for the owner of the Brooklyn Glass Company, and later he married the daughter of his employer. His father-in-law encouraged his artistic abilities, supporting him financially, letting Brown pursue painting full-time. In 1866, he became one of the charter members of the Water-Color Society, of which he was president from 1887 to 1904. Brown became famous for his depictions of street urchins found on the streets of New York (bootblacks, street musicians, posy sellers, newsboys, etc.).

Brown’s art is best characterized as British genre paintings adapted to American subjects. Essentially literary, Brown’s paintings are executed with precise detail, but poor in color, and more popular with the general public than with connoisseurs. More on John George Brown

Kurt Craemer, German, 1912-1961 

Fish Carrier, c. 1947

Oil on burlap 

40 x 32 inches 

Private Collection

Kurt Craemer (born March 2, 1912 in Saarbrücken, Germany , October 1, 1961 in the province of Salerno ) was a German painter , designer and illustrator . Craemer, whose family relocated from Saarbrücken to Duesseldorf in 1919, was a pupil at the Cologne school in 1928. In 1930, at eighteen-year-old he was a pupil of Paul Klee until 1933.

His first journey to Italy was in 1932. Craemer went to Ascona , Siena and Ischia and in 1934 he spent his time with his friend and teacher Karli Sohn-Rethel in Positano. There were always shorter visits to Düsseldorf. An arranged exhibition in Duesseldorf was prohibited as unwelcome and degenerate.

In 1938 he buried his father in Düsseldorf and returned immediately to Ischia. He rented a house shortly before the outbreak of the war. In 1939 Craemer brought his mother to Italy and tore the last roots with his country of origin. He spent his time during the war on the island of Procida.

In the same year Kurt Craemer fell ill with child paralysis and was paralyzed up to his hips. A new beginning at the end of 1939, now sitting in a wheelchair, was to take place in Florence. He moved to the pension of the sister Bandini at Piazza Santo Spirito. Fleeing the war brought him back to Positano, his choice as a permanent domicile at the Marina.

Apart from his closest friends and direct neighbors, there was hardly any dealings in the German language and German picture-buyers for a long time. Englishmen, Americans, Australians, and South Africans came here. Restrained by his handicap, he faced the world with humor and self-irony, humanity, and sociable temperament.  

In 1952 and 1958 Craemer participated in the Biennale di Venezia . His only German post-war exhibition took place at the Düsseldorfer Galerie Hella Nebelung. In spring 1961 he had an exhibition in the United States.

Until his death on 1 October 1961 he lived in Positano. He died in an accident on the Cilento coast. Cramer’s works, most of which were made in Positano in the 1940s and 1950s, represent an important chapter in the history of the art of the province of Salerno. In 2012 the city of Positano celebrated with a centennial, Kurt Craemer, an artist with a love for Positano, Who spent most of his life there. In the exhibition “Il Sud Antico di Kurt Craemer”, thirty selected works of the entire period were donated to Positano by the nephew. More Kurt Craemer

William Trost Richards, 1833 – 1905

AFTERNOON, LONG BEACH, N.J., c. 1884

Oil on canvas

18 7/8 by 30 1/4 inches, (47.9 by 76.8 cm)

Private Collection

Long Beach Island is a barrier island and summer colony along the Atlantic Ocean coast of Ocean County, New Jersey in the United States. The island has been continuously settled since 1690, initially being a destination for hunters. Barnegat Inlet, to the north of the island, was an important path for freight shipments and whaling from the 17th century through the 20th century. More on Long Beach

William Trost Richards (June 3, 1833 – November 8, 1905) was an American landscape artist. He was associated with both the Hudson River School and the American Pre-Raphaelite movement. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Between 1850 and 1855 he studied part-time with the German artist Paul Weber while working as designer and illustrator of ornamental metalwork. Richards first public showing was part of an exhibition in New Bedford, Massachusetts, organized by artist Albert Bierstadt in 1858.

In 1862 he was elected honorary member of the National Academy of Design and Academician in 1871. In 1863, he became a member of the Association of the Advanced of Truth in Art, an American Pre-Raphaelite group. In 1866, he departed for Europe for one year. Upon his return and for the following six years he spent the summers on the East Coast.

In the 1870s, he produced many acclaimed watercolor views of the White Mountains, several of which are now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Richards exhibited at the National Academy of Design from 1861 to 1899, and at the Brooklyn Art Association from 1863 to 1885. He was elected a full member of the National Academy in 1871.

He died on April 17, 1905 in Newport, Rhode Island. More on William Trost Richards

Marc-Aurèle Fortin

Port of Montreal, circa 1928

Watercolour

9 x 9.75 in, 23 x 25 cm

Private Collection

 

Marc-Aurèle Fortin (March 14, 1888 – March 2, 1970) was a Québécois painter, born in 1888 in Ste-Rose, Quebec. He studied art in Montreal and worked at the Montreal Post Office, and at an Edmonton bank. He studied art abroad. He was known for painting watercolour landscapes of the St. Lawrence Valley. He travelled around the St. Lawrence Valley by bicycle. Fortin believed that “Canadian artists should take their inspiration from the countryside and progress towards a national art… We should excel in landscapes, exactly as the French do”.

He was part of the first Atelier exhibition at Henry Morgan Galleries in April 1932 together with Atelier founder John Goodwin Lyman, André Biéler, and Edwin Holgate. Fortin was exhibited by Galerie L’Art français from the 1940s.

His works are displayed at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He died in 1970. More Marc-Aurèle Fortin

Marc-Aurèle Fortin

Port of Montreal, 1928

watercolour

8 x 10.5 in, 20.5 x 26.5 cm

Private Collection

 

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15 Classic Works of Art, Marine Paintings – With Footnotes, #29

Henri Le Sidaner, 1862 – 1939

BATEAUX DANS LA LAGUNE/ BOATS IN THE LAGOON, ETAPLES, c. 1885

Oil on wood panel

6 1/4 by 10 1/2 in., 15.9 by 26.7 cm

Painted in 1885.

Private Collection

Étaples or Étaples-sur-Mer is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in northern France. It is a fishing and leisure port on the Canche river.During the ninth century the coast was subject to raids and settlement by Norsemen. From their point of view, this off-shore site, protected by mud flats and marsh, was ideal as a base from which to conduct raids elsewhere, assemble the booty and ship it home.  More on Étaples

Henri Eugène Augustin Le Sidaner (7 August 1862 – July 1939) was an intimist painter. Sidaner was born to a French family in Port Louis, Mauritius. In 1870 he and his family settled in Dunkirk. Le Sidaner received most of his tutelage from the École des Beaux-Arts under the instruction of Alexandre Cabanel but later broke away due to artistic differences.

Between 1885 and 1894 Le Sidaner lived the year round at the Etaples art colony and was joined there by his childhood friend Eugène Chigot (1860–1923), who shared his interest in atmospheric light. Later Le Sidaner traveled extensively throughout France. He also visited many cities around the globe, as well as villages throughout Europe. He exhibited at the Salon, the Galeries Georges Petit in Paris and the Goupil Gallery in London, and settled in Gerberoy.

Marcel Proust’s mention of Le Sidaner’s work in his novel In Search of Lost Time confirms its later reputation. In Sodom and Gomorrah, the narrator mentions that an eminent barrister from Paris had devoted his income to collecting the paintings of the “highly distinguished” but “not great” Le Sidaner. More on Henri Eugène Augustin Le Sidaner

Montague Dawson, RMSA, FRSA (1890–1973) 

Brisk Weather off the Needles, Isle of Wight

oil on canvas

24 x 36 in. (61 x 91.4 cm.)

Private Collection

The Needles is a row of three distinctive stacks of chalk that rise about 30m out of the sea off the western extremity of the Isle of Wight, United Kingdom, close to Alum Bay. The Needles Lighthouse stands at the outer, western end of the formation. Built in 1859, it has been automated since 1994.[5]

The formation takes its name from a fourth needle-shaped pillar called Lot’s Wife, that collapsed in a storm in 1764.[6] The remaining rocks are not at all needle-like, but the name has stuck. More on The Needles 

Montague Dawson RMSA, FRSA (1890–1973) was a British painter who was renowned as a maritime artist. His most famous paintings depict sailing ships, usually clippers or warships of the 18th and 19th centuries. Montague was the son of a keen yachtsman and the grandson of the marine painter Henry Dawson (1811–1878), born in Chiswick, London. Much of his childhood was spent on Southampton Water where he was able to indulge his interest in the study of ships. For a brief period around 1910 Dawson worked for a commercial art studio in Bedford Row, London, but with the outbreak of the First World War he joined the Royal Navy. Whilst serving with the Navy in Falmouth he met Charles Napier Hemy (1841–1917), who considerably influenced his work. In 1924 Dawson was the official artist for an Expedition to the South Seas by the steam yacht St.George. During the expedition he provided illustrated reports to the Graphic magazine.

After the War, Dawson established himself as a professional marine artist, concentrating on historical subjects and portraits of deep-water sailing ships. During the Second World War, he was employed as a war artist. Dawson exhibited regularly at the Royal Society of Marine Artists, of which he became a member, from 1946 to 1964, and occasionally at the Royal Academy between 1917 and 1936. By the 1930s he was considered one of the greatest living marine artists, whose patrons included two American Presidents, Dwight D Eisenhower and Lyndon B Johnson, as well as the British Royal Family. Also in the 1930s, he moved to Milford-Upon-Sea in Hampshire, living there for many years. Dawson is noted for the strict accuracy in the nautical detail of his paintings which often sell for six figures.

The work of Montague Dawson is represented in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and the Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth. More

Kamel Mustafa Mohamed, (b 1917 – d 1982)

Untitled (The Fisherman)

Oil On Panel

25 cm x  35 cm

Private Collection

Kamel Mustafa, (b 1917 – d 1982)graduated from the Faculty of Fine Art in 1941. Also in 1950, he had a diploma in restoration technique of oil painting. He was Professor and Head of Painting Department at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria then Dean of the Faculty from 1969 to 1977, thus preserving the liberated values spread by the late artist Ahmad Othman, who established the college.

He was an Impressionist painter who leaned towards academic realism. He belonged to the second generation of Modern Egyptian artists. From 1936, the artist spent ten years working in Cairo painting a wide-range of subjects, including traditional scenes from the city and rural life.

Kamel Mustafa Mohamed, (b 1917 – d 1982)

Untitled

Oil On Panel

: 25 cm x  20 cm

Private Collection

Between 1946 and 1950 Mustafa travelled to Italy for further study. There he was exposed to various trends, including post-impressionism. By the beginning of the 1950s his work passed through a distinctly modernist phase, where composition and execution were carefully controlled.

He drew the attention of critics when he exhibited his works at Alexandria Biennale (two sessions) and Venice Biennale (three sessions). He was the Guest of Honor of 19th Alexandria Biennale in 1997. Kamel Mustafa also exhibited his works in Italy, Warsaw, Poland; and Berlin, Germany. More Kamel Mustafa

François Gall, 1912 – 1987

LECTURE ET DÉTENTE, PLAGE DE TROUVILLE, c. 1965

Signed F.Gall and inscribed Trouville (lower right)

Oil on canvas

10 1/8 by 18 1/8 in., 25.7 by 46 cm

Private Collection

Trouville-sur-Mer, commonly referred to as Trouville, is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Trouville-sur-Mer borders Deauville. This village of fishermen is a popular tourist attraction in Normandy. More on Trouville

François Gall (1912–1987) was a Hungarian painter. He became an impressionist painter in the pure French tradition after he moved to Paris in 1936. He was born in Kolozsvar in the former region of Transylvania on March 22, 1912 and began studying all media at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Rome while working menial jobs to secure a living. In 1939, the Hungarian government awarded Gall with a scholarship for his artistic merit.

Six years later, Francois Gall established himself in Paris and became a student of Devambez at the National Academy of Fine Arts. He greatly admired the first generation of Impressionists and adopted their concepts for his own interpretations. Parisian scenes and and portrayals of women engaged in typically feminine activities were amoung his preferred subjects. Francois was a modern impressionist, bringing his own unique personality to this most enduring style.

Gall participated in various Salon exhibitions in Paris and became a favorite with the public. In 1963, he was honoured with the Francis Smith Prize. He died in 1987. More on François Gall

EDWARD MORAN, American, (1829-1901)

Sailing in the Moonlight

Oil on canvas

20 x 30 inches

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.

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. Not long after their completion, the series was displayed at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. More

LYONEL FEININGER, 1871-1956

Three Sailing Boats, 1933

Watercolour and Indian ink on paper

8 7/10 × 11 1/2 in, 22.1 × 29.1 cm

Private Collection

Though originally from New York, Lyonel Feininger spent a great deal of his career in Germany and is closely associated with the German Expressionist movement as well as the Bauhaus, where he was an active teacher and practitioner. Early Cubism and Futurism acted as significant sources of inspiration in the development of Feininger’s personal style, characterized by angular lines and transparent intersecting planes. When the Bauhaus was dissolved by the Nazi party in the late 1930s, Feininger returned to his native New York, adding a series of skylines and seascapes to his already prolific body of work.

T. Lux Feininger (June 11, 1910 Berlin — July 7, 2011 Cambridge) was an American painter, avant-garde photographer, author, and art teacher who was born in Berlin to Julia Berg and Lyonel Charles Feininger, an American living in Germany from the age of sixteen. His father was the first faculty appointment made to the Bauhaus in Weimar by its founder, Walter Gropius, in 1919. He had two older full brothers, including Andreas Feininger, and two half sisters, even older, by Clara Fürst and his father (from his first marriage). More Lyonel Feininger 

Frank Myers Boggs, American, 1855-1926 

Harbor Scene 

Oil on canvas 

25 x 34 1/2 inches 

Private Collection

Frank Myers Boggs (* 6. December 1855 in Springfield , Ohio ; † August 8, 1926 in Meudon , Hauts-de-Seine )  was active, and naturalized in France .  He was a painter of urban landscapes, marine. Watercolorist , engraver , draftsman.

Mixing tonalist and impressionist elements, Frank Myers Boggs forged a novel artistic style at the juncture of fin-de-siècle American and European traditions. Born in Ohio, Boggs trained at the École des Beaux-Arts under Jean Léon Gerôme and spent the majority of his life in Paris. There, he accomplished the rare feat of gaining prominence in both the French and American art worlds. By the end of his life, Boggs had essentially transformed himself into a French impressionist: he became a French citizen in 1923 and earned the French Legion of Honor three years later. 

Frank Myers Boggs, American, 1855-1926 

In Port

Oil on canvas 

38.1 cm (15 in.), Width: 54.93 cm (21.63 in.)

Private Collection

Boggs won a prize from the American Art Association in 1884 and silver medals from the Paris Universal Exposition of 1889 and the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. His paintings are now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as the Réunion des Musées Nationaux of Paris, Luxembourg Museum, and Museum of Nantes in France. More on Frank Myers Boggs

David Davidovich Burliuk, American/Russian Federation, 1882-1967 

Florida Fishing 

Oil on canvas 

12 x 16 inches 

Private Collection

David Davidovich Burliuk (Ukrainian and Russian: Дави́д Дави́дович Бурлю́к; 21 July 1882 – 15 January 1967) was born on the farmstead of Semirotovshchina in the Kharkov province (now Ukraine) in 1882. Died in Long Island, USA in 1967. This artist is a member of the well-known Burliuk art dynasty. He was a painter and poet, an art critic, and one of the theoreticians of Russian Futurism. He studied at the Kazan and Odessa art schools, at Aschbe’s school and the Royal Academy in Munich, in Cormon’s studio in Paris, and at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. He was the organizer of numerous exhibitions and the “Gilea” group. He was a member of the German “Sturm” and “Blaue Reiter” (Blue Rider) associations of artists. In 1920, he immigrated to Japan via Siberia, and from 1922 lived in the USA. In addition to landscapes, he painted portraits, still life, and allegoric compositions in his own invariable impasto style. More on David Davidovich Burliuk

Claude Monet, French, 1840 – 1926

The Rocks at Pourville, Low Tide, 1882

Oil on canvas

25 5/16 in. x 31 in. (64.29 cm x 78.74 cm)

Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester

In Rocks at low tide, Pourville writhing contours form abstract rocks. Monet’s mobile brushstrokes create a sense of the rock forms beneath the water by suggesting the movement of water around them. More on Rocks at low tide, Pourville

A former fishing village, became Pourville-sur-Mer the early nineteenth century, a popular resort in Normandy. The village, depending on Hautot-sur-Mer, near Dieppe, has also attracted many talented painters in his time, like Claude Monet who made several landscapes.

After a significant development in the interwar period, the station was indeed one of the favorite destinations of the Parisian art world, thanks to the presence of a casino and other luxury hotels. Surrounded by cliffs, the village of Pourville-sur-Mer also impresses with its pebble and sand, overlooking the English Channel, as well as its breathtaking view of Dieppe and its surroundings. More on Pourville-sur-Mer

Oscar-Claude Monet (14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926) was a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting. The term “Impressionism” is derived from the title of his painting Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise), which was exhibited in 1874 in the first of the independent exhibitions mounted by Monet and his associates as an alternative to the Salon de Paris.

Monet’s ambition of documenting the French countryside led him to adopt a method of painting the same scene many times in order to capture the changing of light and the passing of the seasons. From 1883 Monet lived in Giverny, where he purchased a house and property and began a vast landscaping project which included lily ponds that would become the subjects of his best-known works. In 1899 he began painting the water lilies, first in vertical views with a Japanese bridge as a central feature, and later in the series of large-scale paintings that was to occupy him continuously for the next 20 years of his life. More Oscar-Claude Monet

Wael Abdel Sabour

The Harbor, c. 2010

Mixed Media on paper

90×120 cm

Private Collection

I could not find any useful information on Wael Abdel Sabour.

Hamed Said, (Egypt, 1908-2006)

Women along a beach, circa early 1940s

Oil on panel

60 x 120cm (23 5/8 x 47 1/4in).

Private Collection

Hamed Said, Egypt, 1908-2006, was considered an intellectual and theoretical figure within the Egyptian Fine Art movement.

He obtained a state scholarship to England between 1936 and 1939, studying at the Chelsea College of Arts. 

In 1946 he founded the “Art & Life Group” which focused in boosting the awareness of the relationship between art and everyday life in the aim of reviving Egyptian identity. The group achieved great success in the seven exhibitions it held and participated in the 

Venice Biennale in 1956 . The famous British writer and art critic Herbert Read praised the groups “sincerity and independence “. In 1981 he he received a State Award for his contribution to the arts. More Hamed Said

Eugene-Marie Salanson, (French, 1864-1892)

The fisher girl 

Oil on canvas

53 1/2 x 31 3/4in (136 x 80.5cm)

Private Collection

Eugénie Alexandrine Marie Salanson (15 December 1836, Albert – 23 July 1912, Saint-Pair-sur-Mer) was a French painter in the Academic style. Her father came from Ispagnac to Albert to serve as a tariff collector. The family later moved to Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, where her twin sisters were born, then on to Saint-Omer, where her father had been appointed Receiver (head tax collector).

It was near there, in Calais, that she took her first art lessons from a local artist named Crocher. She then went to Paris to continue her studies but, at that time, the École des Beaux-arts did not accept female applicants, so she attended the Académie Julian, where she studied with William Bouguereau. Later, she took private lessons from Léon Cogniet. In 1877, she exhibited her portrait of Cogniet at the Salon, which brought her numerous commissions. The following year, she participated in the Exposition Universelle.

Soon, she was exhibiting throughout France and abroad. In 1882 she, Camille Claudel, Jessie Lipscomb and others set up their own studio on the Rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs.

By the end of the 1880s, she was able to acquire the “Villa Saint-Joseph” in the growing seaside resort of Saint-Pair-sur-Mer. This inspired her to create her best known paintings, depicting the young fisherwomen who worked nearby. Her painting “A marée basse” (Low tide) was one of the works featured in Women Painters of the World by Walter Shaw Sparrow (1905); one of the first books that treated female artists as worthy of serious attention..

She divided her time between Paris and her villa, and died there at the age of seventy-five. Most of her works are in private collections. More on Eugénie Alexandrine Marie Salanson

Sir William Russell Flint, RA, PRWS (British, 1880-1969)

The shrimper 

Watercolor on paper

19 1/8 x 26 3/16in (48.5 x 66.5cm)

Private Collection

Sir William Russell Flint (4 April 1880 – 30 December 1969) was a Scottish artist and illustrator who was known especially for his watercolour paintings of women. He also worked in oils, tempera, and printmaking. He was born in Edinburgh then educated at Daniel Stewart’s College and Edinburgh Institution. From 1894 to 1900 Flint apprenticed as a lithographic draughtsman while taking classes at the Royal Institute of Art, Edinburgh. From 1900 to 1902 he worked as a medical illustrator in London while studying part-time at Heatherley’s Art School. He furthered his art education by studying independently at the British Museum.

Flint was elected president of Britain’s Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours (now the Royal Watercolour Society) in 1936 to 1956, and knighted in 1947. More on Sir William Russell Flint

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10 Classic Works of Art, Marine Paintings – With Footnotes, #28

Adolf Fessler, 1826 – 1885, RUSSIAN

THE ENTRANCE TO THE GOLDEN HORN, CONSTANTINOPLE

Oil on canvas

44.5 by 97cm., 17½ by 38¼in.

Private Collection

Fessler Adolf Ivanovich, 1826 – 1885 was born in Bohemia, but began studying in Feodosia Aivazovsky. After graduating from the Moscow School of Painting and Sculpture never returned to the city. Fessler became famous as a copyist of works by Aivazovsky, and also of his works.

In 1859 he painted two paintings; Coastal species of Simeiz, on the other – Sudak. This unusually humble artist had mastered techniques of painting. His seascapes of Yalta were amazing! Faessler talent was now appreciated, and in 1860 he was decorated by Aivazovsky Great Livadia Palace. More Fessler Adolf Ivanovich

Adolf Ivanovich Fessler (1826-1885)

View of Yalta 

Oil on canvas

40 x 50cm (15 3/4 x 19 11/16in)

Private Collection

Yalta is a resort city on the south coast of the Crimean Peninsula surrounded by the Black Sea. 

The existence of Yalta was first recorded in the 12th century by an Arab geographer, who described it as a Byzantine port and fishing settlement. It became part of a network of Genoese trading colonies on the Crimean coast in the 14th century. Crimea was captured by the Ottoman Empire in 1475. Yalta was then annexed by the Russian Empire in 1783. 

In the 19th century, the town became a fashionable resort for the Russian aristocracy and gentry. More Yalta

Reginald Marsh, American, 1898-1954 

Tugboats, 1936 

Watercolor on paper 

14 x 20 inches 

Private Collection

Reginald Marsh (March 14, 1898 – July 3, 1954) was an American painter, born in Paris, most notable for his depictions of life in New York City in the 1920s and 1930s. Crowded Coney Island beach scenes, popular entertainments such as vaudeville and burlesque, women, and jobless men on the Bowery are subjects that reappear throughout his work. He painted in egg tempera and in oils, and produced many watercolors, ink and ink wash drawings, and prints. More Reginald Marsh

Sanjay Harmalkar

Fisherwoman

30″ x 38″ (76cms x 97cms), 2017

Oil on canvas

Swetlana Cardoso

Sanjay Harmalkar is synonymous with portrait paintings; many of his works adorn the walls of noted institutes and organisations.

Realistic paintings are very rare to find but Sanjay Harmalkar has been painting realistically for over three decades with dedicated zeal and immense passion. He paints with a dash of cinematic approach and includes strokes exuding popular appeal. Academically inclined, Sanjay is a method artist.  

Each of Sanjay’s paintings is given life with the near perfect physical resemblance to the subjects and the refined luminous hues he uses add to the life-like quality. More Sanjay Harmalkar

Henri Lebasque, (1865-1937, FRANCE)

Bathers in the Sea

oil on canvas 

Private collection

Henri Lebasque (25 September 1865 – 7 August 1937) was a French post-impressionist painter. He was born at Champigné (Maine-et-Loire). He started his education at the École régionale des beaux-arts d’Angers, and moved to Paris in 1886. Around this time, Lebasque met Camille Pissarro and Auguste Renoir, who later would have a large impact on his work.

Lebasque’s vision was coloured by his contact with younger painters, especially Édouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard, founders of the Nabis’ Group. From his first acquaintance with Georges Seurat and Paul Signac, Lebasque learnt the significance of a colour theory which stressed the use of complementary colours in shading.

Henri Lebasque

La baignade à Préfailles, circa 1922

Oil on panel

27 x 34 cm

Signed

Private collection

Lebasque was a founding member of the Salon d’Automne in 1903, with his friend Henri Matisse, and exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants. Two years later, a group of artists exhibited there including Georges Rouault, André Derain, Henri Ottmann, Édouard Vuillard, and Matisse. 

His time in South of France would lead to a radical transformation in Lebasque’s paintings, changing his colour palette forever. Other travels included the Vendée, Normandy, and Brittany. More Henri Lebasque

 

Nikolay Nikanorovich Dubovskoy, 1859 – 1918

Seascape, c. circa 1910

Oil on canvas

54 × 70 cm (21.3 × 27.6 in)

Private collection

Nikolay Nikanorovich Dubovskoy (17 December 1859 — 28 February 1918) was a Russian landscape painter, associated with the Peredvizhniki. Together with Isaac Levitan, he helped create what came to be known as the “Landscape of Mood”. He displayed artistic talent at an early age. His uncle, a local artist, taught him how to draw from memory. 

In 1877 he began auditing classes at the Imperial Academy of Arts. Upon graduating in 1881, he was apparently displeased with his instruction at the Academy and refused to participate in the customary competition for a gold medal. He chose to exhibit at the Imperial Society for the Encouragement of the Arts instead, winning several medals and achieving his first public recognition. In 1884 his painting, “Winter” was acquired by the Tretyakov Gallery. Following that, he began to exhibit regularly with the Peredvizhniki (a group of Russian realist artists) and became a member in 1886.

Nikolay Nikanorovich Dubovskoy, (1859–1918)

“Hushing” (Calm Before the Storm), c. 1890

Oil on canvas

86 × 143 cm (33.9 × 56.3 in)

Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow 

The year 1888 found him touring the Black Sea coast in Georgia. In 1890, his painting “Hushing” was purchased by Tsar Alexander III for his collection at the Winter Palace.

In 1898, he became one of the leaders of the Peredvizhniki. During this period, he was increasingly influenced by French Impressionism. Later in 1898 he was named an “Academician” by the Imperial Academy and became a full member in 1900.

He began teaching there in 1908 and became head of the landscape painting workshop. In 1915, he became a member of the Academy’s governing council. In 1918, he died of heart failure. During the Soviet era, except for one exhibition in 1938, he was largely forgotten. More Nikolay Nikanorovich Dubovskoy

Arthur James Wetherill Burgess, [1875-1957]

Naval Convoy at Sea

Watercolour

38 x 53cm

Private collection

Arthur James Wetherall Burgess (1879-1957) Australia. Born in New South Wales, Burgess studied in Australia and England. Best known as a historical marine painter, Burgess exhibited widely in Europe and Australia. In 1913 he was commissioned to paint the Australian Fleet entering Sydney Harbour for the Art Gallery of New South Wales, where his work is now represented. He died in 1957. More Arthur James Wetherall Burgess

William-Adolphe Bouguereau, (1825–1905)

La Vague/ The Wave, c. 1896

Oil on canvas

121 × 160.5 cm (47.6 × 63.2 in)

Private collection

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (November 30, 1825 – August 19, 1905) was a French academic painter and traditionalist. In his realistic genre paintings he used mythological themes, making modern interpretations of classical subjects, with an emphasis on the female human body. During his life he enjoyed significant popularity in France and the United States, was given numerous official honors, and received top prices for his work. As the quintessential salon painter of his generation, he was reviled by the Impressionist avant-garde. By the early twentieth century, Bouguereau and his art fell out of favor with the public, due in part to changing tastes. In the 1980s, a revival of interest in figure painting led to a rediscovery of Bouguereau and his work. Throughout the course of his life, Bouguereau executed 822 known finished paintings, although the whereabouts of many are still unknown. More William-Adolphe Bouguereau 

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12 Paintings, tales of Mermaids, with Footnotes # 3

John William Whiteley, (1859 – 1936)

A Sail, c. 1898

John William Whiteley, 1859 – 1936, was a British artist at the beginning of the last century. He is known for his paintings of nude figures and landscapes. He exhibited nine works at the Royal Academy between 1882 and 1900 including ‘Under the Cliffs’, ‘A Lullaby’, ‘Summer Weather’ and ‘Toil and Prayer’.

He was born in 1859 to Henry and Mary Yeardley Whiteley in Wyke, West Yorkshire, and baptized 25 September 1859 at Leeds St Matthew, Yorkshire.

JW Whiteley married Catherine Frances Pickering at Pontefract St Giles and St Mary, Yorkshire. The couple had two children that survived to adulthood: Enid Mary and Wilfred Pickering Whiteley. More John William Whiteley

Koloman Moser, 1868 – 1918

The Mermaid, c. 1914

Oil on canvas

Some of the attributes of mermaids may have been influenced by the Sirens of Greek mythology. Historical accounts of mermaids, such as those reported by Christopher Columbus during his exploration of the Caribbean, may have been inspired by manatees and similar aquatic mammals. While there is no evidence that mermaids exist outside of folklore, reports of mermaid sightings continue to the present day, including 21st century examples from Israel and Zimbabwe. More The Mermaid

Koloman Moser (German: [30 March 1868 – 18 October 1918) was an Austrian artist who exerted considerable influence on twentieth-century graphic art and one of the foremost artists of the Vienna Secession movement and a co-founder of Wiener Werkstätte.

Moser designed a wide array of art works, including books and graphic works from postage stamps to magazine vignettes; fashion; stained glass windows, porcelains and ceramics, blown glass, tableware, silver, jewelry, and furniture. More Koloman Moser

Konstantin Yegorovich Makovsky, 1838 – 1915

Mermaids, c. 1879

Oil on canvas 

The State Russian Museum – Saint Petersburg  (Russian Federation)

Konstantin Yegorovich Makovsky (June 20 1839 — September 17 1915) was an influential Russian painter, affiliated with the “Peredvizhniki (Wanderers)”, a group of Russian realist artists who formed an artists’ cooperative in protest of academic restrictions. Many of his historical paintings, such as The Russian Bride’s Attire (1889), showed an idealized view of Russian life of prior centuries. He is often considered a representative of a Salon art.

In 1851 Makovsky entered the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture where he became the top student, easily getting all the available awards. Although art was his passion, he also considered that his mother had wanted him to be a music composer. He set off to look for composers he could refer to, and first went to France.

In 1858 Makovsky entered the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg. From 1860 he participated in the Academy’s exhibitions. In 1863 Makovsky and thirteen other students held a protest against the Academy’s setting of topics from Scandinavian mythology in the competition for the Large Gold Medal of Academia; all left the academy without a formal diploma.

Makovsky became a member of a co-operative (artel) of artists led by Ivan Kramskoi, typically producing Wanderers paintings on everyday life. From 1870 he was a founding member of the Society for Traveling Art Exhibitions. He exhibited his works at both the Academia exhibitions and the Traveling Art Exhibitions of the Wanderers.

A significant change in his style occurred after traveling to Egypt and Serbia in the mid-1870s. His interests changed from social and psychological problems to the artistic problems of colors and shape.

In the 1880s he became a fashioned author of portraits and historical paintings. At the World’s Fair of 1889 in Paris he received the Large Gold Medal for his paintings Death of Ivan the Terrible, The Judgement of Paris, and Demon and Tamara. He was one of the most highly appreciated and highly paid Russian artists of the time. Many democratic critics considered him as a renegade of the Wanderers’ ideals, producing striking but shallow works, while others see him as a forerunner of Russian Impressionism.

Makovsky was killed in 1915 when his horse-drawn carriage was hit by an electric tram in Saint Petersburg. More Konstantin Yegorovich Makovsky

The reverse of a coin of Demetrius III depicts fish-bodied Atargatis

veiled, holding the egg, flanked by barley stalks

The reverse of a coin from Cyrrhestica 

Atargatis riding a lion, wearing a mural crown, and holding a sceptre

Atargatis was the chief goddess of northern Syria in Classical Antiquity, and the Romans called her Dea Syriae (“Syrian goddess”). Primarily she was a goddess of fertility, but, as the baalat (“mistress”) of her city and people, she was also responsible for their protection and well-being. Her chief sanctuary was at Hierapolis, modern Manbij, northeast of Aleppo, Syria. She is sometimes described as a mermaid-goddess, due to identification of her with a fish-bodied goddess at Ascalon. However, there is no evidence that Atargatis was worshipped at Ascalon, and all iconographic evidence shows her as anthropomorphic More Atargatis

Henry Justice Ford, (1860–1941) 

Listen . Listen . Said The Mermaid To The Prince

illustration from the fairy tale The Mermaid and the Boy

Henry Justice Ford (1860–1941) was a prolific and successful English artist and illustrator, active from 1886 through to the late 1920s. Sometimes known as H. J. Ford or Henry J. Ford, he came to public attention when he provided the numerous beautiful illustrations for Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books, which captured the imagination of a generation of British children and were sold worldwide in the 1880s and 1890s.

In 1892, Ford began exhibiting paintings of historical subjects and landscapes at the Royal Academy of Art exhibitions. However it was his illustrations for such books as The Arabian Nights Entertainments (Longmans 1898), Kenilworth (TC & EC Jack 1900) and A School History of England by C. R. L. Fletcher and Rudyard Kipling (Clarendon Press 1911) that provided Ford with both income and fame.

After education at Repton School and Clare College, Cambridge, Ford returned to London to study at the Slade School of Fine Art and later, at the Bushey School of Art, under the German-born Hubert von Herkomer. More Henry Justice Ford

Norman Prescott Davies, (British, 1862–1915)

Sjöjungfrun , 1904

Mermaid, 1904

Oil on canvas

107 x 61 cm. (42.1 x 24 in.)

Michael Rostovtzeff called her “the great mistress of the North Syrian lands”. Her consort is usually Hadad. As Ataratheh, doves and fish were considered sacred to her: doves as an emblem of the Love-Goddess, and fish as symbolic of the fertility and life of the waters. More Sjöjungfrun

The Norman chapel in Durham Castle, built around 1078 by Saxon stonemasons, has what is probably the earliest surviving artistic depiction of a mermaid in England. It can be seen on a south-facing capital above one of the original Norman stone pillars.

Norman Prescott Davies was born in Islesworth, Middlesex, England in 1862.  Davies studied at the Royal College of Art, Guilds Art School, and at Heatherley’s.  He then worked in London as a miniaturist, portrait and figure painter.  He began to exhibit at age 18.  He was a Fellow of the Royal Society and Royal Society of British Artists.  His work has been reproduced into calendars and posters by the thousands. More Norman Prescott Davies

The Mermaid of Zennor, wood-carved bench end

Cornwall, late fifteenth century.

Photo by Tom Oates.

The Mermaid of Zennor  is a popular Cornish folk tale that was first recorded by the Cornish folklorist William Bottrell in 1873. The legend has inspired works of poetry, literature and art.

Long ago, a beautiful and richly-dressed woman occasionally attended services at St. Senara’s Church in Zennor, and sometimes at Morvah. The parishioners were enchanted by her beauty and her voice, for her singing was sweeter than all the rest. She appeared infrequently for scores of years, but never seemed to age, and nobody knew whence she came, although they watched her from the summit of Tregarthen Hill. After many years, the mysterious woman became interested in a young man named Mathey Trewella, “the best singer in the parish.” One day he followed her home, and disappeared; neither was ever seen again in Zennor Church.

The villagers wondered what had become of the two, until one Sunday a ship cast anchor about a mile from Pendour Cove. Soon after, a mermaid appeared, and asked that the anchor be raised, as one of its flukes was resting on her door, and she was unable to reach her children. The sailors obliged, and quickly set sail, believing the mermaid to be an ill omen. But when the villagers heard of this, they concluded that the mermaid was the same lady who had long visited their church, and that she had enticed Mathey Trewella to come and live with her. More The Mermaid of Zennor

John Reinhard Weguelin,  (1849–1927)

The Mermaid of Zennor, c. 1900

Watercolour

John Reinhard Weguelin RWS (June 23, 1849 – April 28, 1927) was an English painter and illustrator, active from 1877 to after 1910. He specialized in figurative paintings with lush backgrounds, typically landscapes or garden scenes. Weguelin emulated the neo-classical style of Edward Poynter and Lawrence Alma-Tadema, painting subjects inspired by classical antiquity and mythology. He depicted scenes of everyday life in ancient Greece and Rome, as well as mythological subjects, with an emphasis on pastoral scenes. Weguelin also drew on folklore for inspiration, and painted numerous images of nymphs and mermaids. 

Although his earliest work was in watercolour, all of Weguelin’s important works from 1878 to 1892 were oil paintings. 

Weguelin’s work was exhibited at the Royal Academy and a number of other important London galleries, and was highly regarded during his career. However, he was forgotten following the first World War, as his style of painting fell out of fashion. More John Reinhard Weguelin

Mermaids appear in British folklore as unlucky omens, both foretelling disaster and provoking it. Several variants of the ballad Sir Patrick Spens depict a mermaid speaking to the doomed ships. In some versions, she tells them they will never see land again; in others, she claims they are near shore, which they are wise enough to know means the same thing. Mermaids can also be a sign of approaching rough weather.

Elihu Vedder, 1836 – 1923

The Fisherman and the Mermaid, c. 1879

Oil on canvas 

Height: 41.91 cm (16.5 in.), Width: 72.39 cm (28.5 in.)

Hood Museum of Art – Dartmouth College  (United States – Hanover, New Hampshire)

Melusine is a figure of European folklore, a feminine spirit of fresh water in a sacred spring or river. She is usually depicted as a woman who is a serpent or fish from the waist down (much like a mermaid). She is also sometimes illustrated with wings, two tails, or both. Her legends are especially connected with the northern and western areas of France, as well as the Low Countries. She is also connected with Cyprus, where the French Lusignan royal house that ruled the island from 1192 to 1489 claimed to be descended from Melusine. More

Elihu Vedder (February 26, 1836 – January 29, 1923) was an American symbolist painter, book illustrator, and poet, born in New York City. He is best known for his fifty-five illustrations for Edward FitzGerald’s translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (deluxe edition, published by Houghton Mifflin).

Vedder trained in New York City with Tompkins H. Matteson, then in Paris with François-Édouard Picot. Finally, he completed his studies in Italy – where he was strongly influenced not only by Italian Renaissance work but also by the modern Macchiaioli painters and the living Italian landscape. He first visited Italy from 1858 until 1860, becoming deeply emotionally attached to fellow painter Giovanni Costa. Their idyllic trips through the Italian countryside were cut short because Vedder’s father cut off his financial allowance.

Vedder returned to the USA, penniless, during the American Civil War, and made a small living by undertaking commercial illustrations. He was involved in the bohemian ‘Pfaff’s’ coffee house group, and painted some of his most memorable paintings notable for their visionary nature, romantic imagery and often Oriental influences.

At the end of the Civil War, he left America to live in Italy. He married Caroline Rosekrans. Elihu Vedder and his wife had four children, only two of whom survived. His daughter Anita Herriman Vedder played a vital role in handling the business of her father, who was notorious for his general aloofness towards details. Elihu’s son Enoch Rosekrans Vedder was a promising architect. Elihu had a home in Rome and – after the financial success of his 1884 Rubaiyat work – on the Isle of Capri.

Vedder visited England many times, and was influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites. He was also influenced by the work of English and Irish mystics such as William Blake and William Butler Yeats. In 1890 Vedder helped establish the In Arte Libertas group in Italy.

Tiffany commissioned him to design glassware, mosaics and statuettes for the company. He decorated the hallway of the Reading Room of the Washington Library of Congress, and his mural paintings can still be seen there. More

LINDA HOFFHEINZ

ELUDING THE NET

Height: 12 in. by Width: 9 in. by Depth: 1 1/2 in.

Private Collection

LINDA HOFFHEINZ

NOW AGAIN CONSTELLATION: VIRGO

Height: 12 in. by Width: 9 in. by Depth: 1 in.

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11 Classic Works of Art, Marine Paintings – With Footnotes, #28

Pierre Bonnard , French, 1867 – 1947

The Port Of Cannes, Le Port de Cannes, c. 1926 – 1927

Oil, canvas

Private Collection

Cannes is a city located on the French Riviera. It is a commune of France located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, and host city of the annual Cannes Film Festival, Midem, and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. .

Pierre Bonnard , French, 1867 – 1947

The Port Of Cannes, Le Port de Cannes, c. 1920

Oil, canvas

Private Collection

In the 10th century, the town was known as Canua. The name may derive from “canna,” a reed. Canua was probably the site of a small Ligurian port, and later a Roman outpost on Le Suquet hill, suggested by Roman tombs discovered here. Le Suquet housed an 11th-century tower which overlooked swamps where the city now stands. Most of the ancient activity, especially protection, was on the Lérins Islands and the history of Cannes is closely tied to the history of the islands.

An attack by the Saracens in 891, who remained until the end of the 10th century, devastated the country around Canua. The insecurity of the Lérins islands forced the monks to settle on the mainland, at the Suquet. Construction of a castle in 1035 fortified the city by then known as Cannes, and at the end of the 11th century construction was started on two towers on the Lérins islands. One took a century to build.

Around 1530, Cannes detached from the monks who had controlled the city for hundreds of years and became independent.

During the 18th century, both the Spanish and British tried to gain control of the Lérins Islands but were chased away by the French. The islands were later controlled by many, such as Jean-Honoré Alziary, and the Bishop of Fréjus. They had many different purposes: at the end of the 19th century, one served as hospital for soldiers wounded in the Crimean War. More on Cannes

Pierre Bonnard, French, 1867 – 1947

The Port of Cannes, 1927

Oil on canvas

41 x 65 cm

National Gallery of Canada

Pierre Bonnard (3 October 1867 — 23 January 1947) was a French painter and printmaker, as well as a founding member of the Post-Impressionist group of avant-garde painters Les Nabis. Bonnard preferred to work from memory, using drawings as a reference, and his paintings are often characterized by a dreamlike quality. The intimate domestic scenes, for which he is perhaps best known, often include his wife Marthe de Meligny.

Bonnard has been described as “the most thoroughly idiosyncratic of all the great twentieth- century painters”, and the unusual vantage points of his compositions rely less on traditional modes of pictorial structure than voluptuous color, poetic allusions and visual wit. Identified as a late practitioner of Impressionism in the early 20th century, Bonnard has since been recognized for his unique use of color and his complex imagery. More

 

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida – 1899

The Net, c. 1899

Oil on canvas

Height: 50 cm (19.69 in.), Width: 69 cm (27.17 in.)

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

Charles Dixon, 1872 -1934

The Battle of Trafalgar, c. 1903

Watercolour and bodycolour

88.9 x 180.3cm (35 x 71in)

Private collection

The Battle of Trafalgar (21 October 1805) was a naval engagement fought by the British Royal Navy against the combined fleets of the French and Spanish Navies, during the War of the Third Coalition (August–December 1805) of the Napoleonic Wars (1803–1815).

Twenty-seven British ships of the line led by Admiral Lord Nelson aboard HMS Victory defeated thirty-three French and Spanish ships of the line under the French Admiral Villeneuve in the Atlantic off the southwest coast of Spain, just west of Cape Trafalgar, in Caños de Meca. The Franco-Spanish fleet lost twenty-two ships, without a single British vessel being lost. It was the most decisive naval battle of the war, conclusively ending French plans to invade England.

The British victory spectacularly confirmed the naval supremacy that Britain had established during the eighteenth century and was achieved in part through Nelson’s departure from the prevailing naval tactical orthodoxy. 

Nelson was shot by a French musketeer during the battle and died shortly after, becoming one of Britain’s greatest war heroes. Villeneuve was captured along with his ship Bucentaure. Admiral Federico Gravina, the senior Spanish flag officer, escaped with the remnant of the fleet and succumbed months later to wounds sustained during the battle. Villeneuve attended Nelson’s funeral while a captive on parole in Britain. The Battle of Trafalgar

Charles Edward Dixon (8 December 1872 – 12 September 1934) was a British maritime painter of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, whose work was highly successful and regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy. Several of his paintings are held by the National Maritime Museum and he was a regular contributing artist to magazines and periodicals. He lived at Itchenor in Sussex and died in 1934. More

William Lee Hankey, (1869–1952) RWS,RI,ROI,RE,NS

CANNES, PORT ET SUQUET

Oil on canvas

61.5 x 74cm

Private collection

Le Suquet, sometimes called Mont-Chevalier, is the oldest district of Cannes , its “old town”, situated on a hill west of the bay , Old Port. Lord Brougham played his part to speed up the creation of a port at the foot of the Suquet . For a hundred years, the fishermen demanded a dike to protect themselves from the labech, the south-west wind which can trigger fierce storms. Bewitched by the site, the benefactor intervened with King Louis-Philippe. The grateful city erected a statue in 1898 to this providential man.

But it was another Englishman, the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward, the eldest son of Queen Victoria and future Edward VII, who laid the first stone of the pier which bears his name in 1898. Before being crowned, the Prince of Wales had made Cannes his headquarters, More Suquet

William Lee Hankey (1869–1952) RWS,RI,ROI,RE,NS was a British painter and book illustrator. He specialised in landscapes, character studies and portraits of pastoral life, particularly in studies of mothers with young children.

He was born in Chester and worked as a designer after leaving school. He studied art in the evenings at the Chester School of Art, then at the Royal College of Art. Later in Paris he became influenced by the work of Jules Bastien-Lepage, who also favoured rustic scenes depicted in a realistic but sentimental style. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1896 and was President of the London Sketch Club from 1902 to 1904. He stayed in France in the early 1900s, painting many of his works in Brittany and Normandy. From 1904 until well after World War I he maintained a studio at the Etaples art colony.

It was Hankey’s black and white and coloured etchings of the people of Étaples, which gained him a reputation as ‘one of the most gifted of the figurative printmakers working in original drypoint during the first thirty years of the 20th century’. One that is particularly striking for its stylistic presentation was “The Refugees”, his contribution to raising awareness of the consequences for ordinary people of the German invasion of France and Belgium in 1914. He went on to serve with the Artists’ Rifles from 1915 to 1918.

In Britain he had been associated with the Newlyn School, a group of English artists based in the titular village in Cornwall who were themselves influenced by the romantic poets such as Wordsworth and Keats. More

 

Edward William Cooke, 1811 – 1880

French Sloop entering the harbour of Tréport, c. 1869

Oil on canvas

81.3 x 134.6cm (32 x 53in)

Private collection

Le Treport is a coastal port town on the English Channel in northern Seine-Maritime, normandy, and just a few kilometres from Eu and Mers-les-Bains, which falls on the Picardy side of the River Bresle.

A long standing port town, Le Tréport was established as a seaside resort in the 19th century, it was with the arrival of ‘paid holidays for all workers’ in France in 1936 that the town really started to grow in popularity – it is one of the most accessible seaside resorts from Paris. More Le Treport

 

Edward William Cooke, R.A., F.R.S., F.Z.S., F.S.A., F.G.S. (27 March 1811 – 4 January 1880) was an English landscape and marine painter, and gardener. Cooke was born in Pentonville, London. He was raised in the company of artists. He was a precocious draughtsman and a skilled engraver from an early age, displayed an equal preference for marine subjects and published his “Shipping and Craft” a series of accomplished engravings when he was 18, in 1829. Cooke began painting in oils in 1833, and first exhibited at the Royal Academy and British Institution in 1835, by which time his style was essentially formed.

He went on to travel and paint with great industry at home and abroad, indulging his love of the 17th-century Dutch marine artists with a visit to the Netherlands in 1837. He returned regularly over the next 23 years, studying the effects of the coastal landscape and light, as well as the works of the country’s Old Masters, resulting in highly successful paintings. He went on to travel in Scandinavia, Spain, North Africa and, above all, to Venice. In 1858, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Honorary Academician. . More Edward William Cooke

George William Joy, 1844 – 1925

Ships moored in calm waters

Watercolour

17.8 x 26cm (7 x 10 1/4in)

Private collection

George William Joy (July 7, 1844 in Dublin, Ireland – October 28, 1925 in Purbrook, Hampshire) was an Irish painter in London.  He was initially destined for the military and was also an accomplished violin player. After a foot injury at a young age, his father declared him unfit for military service. Joy was then educated at Harrow School and eventually pursued a career as an artist. He studied in London’s South Kensington School of Art and later at the Royal Academy.

In 1868 Joy went to Paris where for two years he was a student of Charles-François Jalabert and Léon Bonnat. There he met masters like Gérôme, Cabanel, Jules Breton, Jules Lefebvre und Philippe Rousseau.

Going back to London, Joy established himself as a history and genre painter, and became a frequent exhibitor at the Royal Academy, the Salon des artistes français and the Royal Hibernian Academy. He became a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1895.

To satisfy his early military ambitions, Joy entered the Artists Rifles where he was known as a good shot, representing Ireland several times. He spent many winters in Swanage from 1896 and eventually retired to Purbrook. Both of his sons were killed in 1915 during World War I. More George William Joy

 

Jan Marti, (1958-) 

Automne sur Honfleur 

Oil on canvas 

50 x 61 cm 

Private collection

Honfleur is a commune in northwestern France. It is located on the southern bank of the estuary of the Seine across from le Havre and very close to the exit of the Pont de Normandie. Its inhabitants are called Honfleurais.

It is especially known for its old, beautiful picturesque port, characterized by its houses with slate-covered frontages, painted many times by artists, including in particular Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin, Claude Monet and Johan Jongkind, forming the école de Honfleur (Honfleur school) which contributed to the appearance of the Impressionist movement. More Honfleur

Jan Marti was born in 1958 in Savoy, after a few attempts at studying and various jobs that he quickly gives up, he then devotes himself to painting. He channels his connection to the abstract in hectic and elegant strokes. 

The exuberant blaze of colours and elements flatters both sensibility and eyes. His work depicts a naturally suggested beauty. Jan Marti’s works are part of numerous exhibitions and private collections in France and abroad. More Jan Marti

Chiharu Shiota

The key in the hand at Japanese Pavillon, 2015 

Chiharu Shiota is a Japanese installation artist born in 1972 in Osaka. She has been living and working in Berlin since 1996.

Shiota studied at the Seika University in Kyoto and at various schools in Germany. Shiota’s oeuvre links various aspects of art performances and installation practices. Mostly renown for her vast, room-spanning webs of threads or hoses, she links abstract networks with concrete everyday objects such as keys, windows, dresses, shoes, boats and suitcases. Besides installation works, she frequently collaborates with choreographers and composers. More Chiharu Shiota

JOHN SLOAN, (1871–1951)  

The Wake of the Ferry II, 1907

Oil on canvas

26 x 32 in.

Phillips Collection

John French Sloan began painting The Wake of the Ferry II in 1907, his second version of this scene. The subject may well have been suggested by Sloan’s ferry trips with his wife from Jersey City to Philadelphia for medical treatments.

The stylistic influence of Robert Henri, so pervasive in Sloan’s early work, is apparent here; the scene has been broadly conceived, spontaneously conveyed, and boldly brushed, in a limited palette of grays and near-blacks. The composition reinforces the mood; the ferry’s tilted angle, framing a view of the rough waters, is arresting, and the diagonal of the wake receding into the mist reinforces the sense of loneliness and distance. In this setting, the small figure on the right, understated and half lost in shadow, becomes the essential actor in this version of Sloan’s human comedy and brings into focus its melancholy expression.

In 1971 The Wake of the Ferry II was selected by the United States Postal Service for a stamp commemorating the centennial year of Sloan’s birth. More The Wake of the Ferry

John French Sloan (August 2, 1871 – September 7, 1951) was a twentieth-century painter and etcher and one of the founders of the Ashcan school of American art. He was also a member of the group known as The Eight. He is best known for his urban genre scenes and ability to capture the essence of neighborhood life in New York City, often observed through his Chelsea studio window. Sloan has been called “the premier artist of the Ashcan School who painted the inexhaustible energy and life of New York City during the first decades of the twentieth century” and an “early twentieth-century realist painter who embraced the principles of Socialism and placed his artistic talents at the service of those beliefs.” More  John Sloan

 

 

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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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