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Beach Paintings

The beach has always been a destination we jump at the opportunity to explore. It's a destination that for many of us symbolises  holidays, relaxation, calm or even excitement, adventure and stormy weather. Some are drawn to its crowded, noisy, buzzing atmosphere, whilst others are seduced by its silent, contemplative quality that allows for a deeply meditative experience. There is an ideal image of the beach for everyone; whether you're captivated by the chic Côte d'Azur deckchairs, surf lessons in Australia, the wild beaches in Brittany and Normandy, seaside resorts, small Italian coves or the more exotic and tropical locations.

Throughout time, artists have been inspired by the beach in many ways. Each artist has interpreted this huge theme in connection with their era, their artistic identity, the idea they wished to convey and what this location represented for them. 


The beach has been depicted in paintings since the Dutch Golden Age, and is shown in works such as View of Delft by famous baroque artist, Johannes Vermeer. Two centuries later, Gustave Courbet would paint the shores of Trouville and Deauville in Normandy with dazzling realism. The Impressionists would then go on to capture the seaside bathed in light, and most notably would do so “sur le motif": the act of painting outside in natural light and in various weather conditions.  This offered viewers a completely new representation of landscapes, and many Impressionists like Edgar Degas and Camille Pissarro remained attached to the seascapes of Normandy. However, other artists would focus on other shores, Van Gogh for example chose to represent La Camargue in his piece Fishing Boats on the Beach at Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Monet meanwhile, was inspired by the Côte D'Azur in his painting The Big Blue at Antibes, and Paul Gauguin was captivated by the exotic French Polynesia.  Gauguin created many works inspired by beaches in Tahiti, which is evident in his iconic oil painting Tahitian Women on the Beach. Later, the light and beauty of the Mediterranean would seduce Matisse, who represented the beaches of Nice and the picturesque Collioure shores in his works. His rival Picasso also explored this area, his pieces, Woman Seated on the Beach and Bathers present completely new representations of the beach, where form and colour gradually move away from reality. 


In modern and contemporary art, the beach loses its purpose as an inspiring natural environment and instead becomes a hub of human activity. Roy Lichtenstein's piece Nudes with Beach Ball, demonstrates how the beach has turned into a consumer product for the average holidaymaker. Similarly, Bernard Buffet also paints the seaside packed with human presence; beach cabins, bodies spread out on the sand and parasols dotted across the shores. More recently in 2011, Gianni Colosimo revealed a conceptual art piece called La jolie petite plage de Daniel (Daniel's Pretty Little Beach), which features striped deckchairs inspired by Daniel Buren's columns. Additionally, Ron Mueck installed hyper-realistic human figures made out of resin at the Fondation Cartier in 2013, which illustrated holidaymakers by the sea. Overall, one thing is certain: the beach has not ceased to inspire artistic creation. Artsper invites you to take a well-deserved break and lounge in front of some of the best contemporary art works that have been inspired by a location that is loved by us all.

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Paintings

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Xiu, La plage, Painting

Xiu

La plage, 2021
31.1 x 23.2 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$2,726 $3,029

Soizick Martin, Tourbillons, Painting

Soizick Martin

Tourbillons, 2021
47.2 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,363

Alexandru Musteata, Souvenir d'été 1, Painting

Alexandru Musteata

Souvenir d'été 1, 2021
66.5 x 49.6 x 1 inch
Painting

$3,150

Amey, Sans titre 3.1.5, Painting

Amey

Sans titre 3.1.5, 2018
59.1 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,575

Valérie Betoulaud, Sur le sable, Painting

Valérie Betoulaud

Sur le sable, 2020
18.9 x 21.7 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$1,599

Nicolaï, Jeux de plage, Painting

Nicolaï

Jeux de plage, 2019
19.7 x 28.7 x 2 inch
Painting

$2,181

Armand Cacheux, Bord de mer et voilier, Painting

Armand Cacheux

Bord de mer et voilier, 1945
21.3 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$564

Bernard Delheure, La plage, Painting

Bernard Delheure

La plage, 2020
11.8 x 13.8 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$1,030

Antoine Renault, Man and Ocean, Painting

Antoine Renault

Man and Ocean, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,635

Ernest Samuel Geiger, Spielender Bud, Painting

Ernest Samuel Geiger

Spielender Bud, 1939
12.2 x 6.9 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$541

Jean-Pierre Serrier, Les enfants du port, Painting

Jean-Pierre Serrier

Les enfants du port, 1967
21.3 x 25.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,014

Yoann Bac, De passage sur la croisette, Painting

Yoann Bac

De passage sur la croisette, 2020
19.7 x 24 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,393

Louis André Mourgues, Repos des pêcheurs dans le Golf de Saint-Tropez, Painting

Louis André Mourgues

Repos des pêcheurs dans le Golf de Saint-Tropez, 1945
21.7 x 29.1 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$766

Marc Tassell, Atlantic, Painting

Marc Tassell

Atlantic, 2017
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$1,696

Liliane Paumier, Au loin, sur la plage..., Painting

Liliane Paumier

Au loin, sur la plage..., 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$412 $473

Neyb, Amer, Painting

Neyb

Amer, 2015
36.2 x 28.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$7,663

Carole Leprince, La Course, Painting

Carole Leprince

La Course, 2020
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,333

Terry Watts, Blue Lagoon Pembrokshire, Painting

Terry Watts

Blue Lagoon Pembrokshire, 2018
17.3 x 24.8 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$2,126

Michèle Kaus, Sur la plage, en orange, Painting

Michèle Kaus

Sur la plage, en orange, 2019
28.7 x 36.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,030

Carrie Graber, Sea Breeze Motel, Painting

Carrie Graber

Sea Breeze Motel, 2019
25 x 43 inch
Painting

$7,200

Kathleen Keifer, California Rt. 1, Painting

Kathleen Keifer

California Rt. 1, 2020
12 x 12 x 1.5 inch
Painting

$560

Daniel Couthures, Quiétude, Painting

Daniel Couthures

Quiétude, 2011
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Painting

$848

Claudia Jowitt, Lako Mai, Painting

Claudia Jowitt

Lako Mai, 2019
18 x 12 x 2 inch
Painting

$1,750

Kimberly Zais, Diamond Beach, Painting

Kimberly Zais

Diamond Beach, 2021
48 x 24 x 2 inch
Painting

$1,950

Anne Quémar, Grand Beau, Painting

Anne Quémar

Grand Beau, 2012
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Painting

$2,363

Geneviève Zylberman, Plages, Painting

Geneviève Zylberman

Plages, 2014
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$757

Carla PM, La Plage - série bord de mer, Painting

Carla PM

La Plage - série bord de mer, 2019
12.2 x 9.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$473

Valérie-Anne Bertin, Face à la mer, Painting

Valérie-Anne Bertin

Face à la mer, 2020
9.8 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$545

Christiane Simon-Roques, Les baigneuses II, Painting

Christiane Simon-Roques

Les baigneuses II, 2020
19.7 x 39.4 x 1.4 inch
Painting

$1,090

Jeanine Combe, Deauville, Painting

Jeanine Combe

Deauville, 1978
11.8 x 16.1 x 0.6 inch
Painting

$2,423

Mélanie Fain, Bord de mer, Painting

Mélanie Fain

Bord de mer, 1955
9.4 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Painting

$789

Robert Deniau & Claudio, People on the beach, Painting

Robert Deniau & Claudio

People on the beach, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,817

David Porteous-Butler, St Cwyfan's Church - Aberfraw, Painting

David Porteous-Butler

St Cwyfan's Church - Aberfraw, 2017
9.4 x 16.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,914

Magdalena Rytel-Skorek, Birds on a beach, Painting

Magdalena Rytel-Skorek

Birds on a beach, 2004
10.6 x 14.2 inch
Painting

$242

Natan Elkanovich, Beach Mood 4 - landscape painting, Painting

Natan Elkanovich

Beach Mood 4 - landscape painting, 2018
31.5 x 63 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$6,000

Steve McGuinness, Coast, Painting

Steve McGuinness

Coast, 2018
10.2 x 22 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,181

Garilenos, Hawaï, Painting

Garilenos

Hawaï, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 1 inch
Painting

$2,423

Philippe Roussel, CABANES DE PECHEURS, Painting

Philippe Roussel

CABANES DE PECHEURS, 2017
11.8 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,454

Douglas Stewart, Gulls, Painting

Douglas Stewart

Gulls, 2020
59.8 x 59.8 x 2.4 inch
Painting

$16,962

Jean Louis Liberte, Seaside, Painting

Jean Louis Liberte

Seaside, 1940
12 x 21 inch
Painting

$3,250

Chisa, 1re plage privée, Painting

Chisa

1re plage privée, 2013
31.9 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$5,452

Jean-Jacques Gendron, Marine rochers, Painting

Jean-Jacques Gendron

Marine rochers, 2017
38.2 x 76.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$15,145

José Batista Marques, Corações Solitários, Painting

José Batista Marques

Corações Solitários, 2015
31.5 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,471

Romain Duris, Gymnastique, Painting

Romain Duris

Gymnastique, 2017
11.8 x 15.7 inch
Painting

$2,423

Pawel Lasik, At the beach in Debowa Gora, Painting

Pawel Lasik

At the beach in Debowa Gora, 2010
31.5 x 24 inch
Painting

$5,089

Sophie Petetin, Départ pour la mer, Painting

Sophie Petetin

Départ pour la mer, 2020
27.6 x 27.6 x 1 inch
Painting

$1,690

Ronald Hunter, Boiling Bubbles Camel & Yellow, Painting

Ronald Hunter

Boiling Bubbles Camel & Yellow, 2021
47.2 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$642

Mónica Castanys, Després del bany, Painting

Mónica Castanys

Després del bany, 2021
23.6 x 31.9 inch
Painting

$3,029

Mónica Castanys, Under the umbrella, Painting

Mónica Castanys

Under the umbrella, 2021
19.7 x 28.7 inch
Painting

$2,544

Christian Lucas, Le dernier verre, Painting

Christian Lucas

Le dernier verre, 2020
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$3,877

Nathalie Roure, Les naufrages, Painting

Nathalie Roure

Les naufrages, 2021
39.4 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$5,937

Gracia Ribalaiga, My Holidays 1922, Painting

Gracia Ribalaiga

My Holidays 1922, 2019
5.9 x 4.3 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$418

Gracia Ribalaiga, My Holidays 1922, Painting

Gracia Ribalaiga

My Holidays 1922, 2019
5.9 x 4.3 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$418

Gracia Ribalaiga, My Holidays 1922, Painting

Gracia Ribalaiga

My Holidays 1922, 2019
5.9 x 4.3 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$418

Kareem Rizk, Sunny Girls, Painting

Kareem Rizk

Sunny Girls, 2021
47.2 x 35.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$3,938

Alexandru Musteata, Souvenir d'été 2, Painting

Alexandru Musteata

Souvenir d'été 2, 2021
66.5 x 49.6 x 1 inch
Painting

$3,150

Jean-Jacques Venturini, Sous le soleil exactement..., Painting

Jean-Jacques Venturini

Sous le soleil exactement..., 2021
45.7 x 35 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,029

Jean-Louis Lopes, La plage, Painting

Jean-Louis Lopes

La plage, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,595

Liora, Capobianco, Painting

Liora

Capobianco, 2021
47.2 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,757

Sophie Petetin, LA PLAGE EST UN TRESOR, Painting

Sophie Petetin

LA PLAGE EST UN TRESOR, 2018
10.6 x 13.8 x 1 inch
Painting

$424

Sophie Petetin, L'ILE D'YEU, BALADE SAUVAGE, Painting

Sophie Petetin

L'ILE D'YEU, BALADE SAUVAGE, 2019
31.9 x 39.4 x 1 inch
Painting

$1,690

Sophie Petetin, DEAUVILLE LES PARASOLS, ON ARRIVE, Painting

Sophie Petetin

DEAUVILLE LES PARASOLS, ON ARRIVE, 2017
16.1 x 25.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,084

Sophie Petetin, LE CAP FERRET, SUR L'OCEAN, Painting

Sophie Petetin

LE CAP FERRET, SUR L'OCEAN, 2019
27.6 x 27.6 x 1 inch
Painting

$1,393

Sophie Petetin, DEAUVILLE SI CHAUD, Painting

Sophie Petetin

DEAUVILLE SI CHAUD, 2015
24 x 35.4 x 1 inch
Painting

$1,515

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