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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.

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Liora, Portoferraio, Painting


Portoferraio, 2021
11.8 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


Rikki Kasso, The Day Breaks, Painting

Rikki Kasso

The Day Breaks, 2019
31.9 x 24 x 0 inch


Antoine Renault, Low tide, Painting

Antoine Renault

Low tide, 2015
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Kimberly Zais, Green Ocean, Painting

Kimberly Zais

Green Ocean, 2021
40 x 30 x 2 inch


Valérie-Anne Bertin, À la mer, Painting

Valérie-Anne Bertin

À la mer, 2020
13 x 18.1 x 0.8 inch


Franck Dupire, La plage de Frehel, Painting

Franck Dupire

La plage de Frehel, 2021
21.7 x 18.1 x 0.8 inch


Amey, Sans titre 3.1.5, Painting


Sans titre 3.1.5, 2018
59.1 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Sylvain Lang, Made in Adriatica, Painting

Sylvain Lang

Made in Adriatica, 2018
39.4 x 94.5 x 1.2 inch


Sylvie Eudes, Mon coin de paradis, Painting

Sylvie Eudes

Mon coin de paradis, 2020
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch


Nicolaï, Jeux de plage, Painting


Jeux de plage, 2019
19.7 x 28.7 x 2 inch


Bernard Delheure, La plage, Painting

Bernard Delheure

La plage, 2020
11.8 x 13.8 x 0.4 inch


Neyb, Amer, Painting


Amer, 2015
36.2 x 28.7 x 1.2 inch


Marc Tassell, Atlantic, Painting

Marc Tassell

Atlantic, 2017
31.5 x 31.5 inch


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


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


Karine Bartoli, Vagues, Painting

Karine Bartoli

Vagues, 2017
14.2 x 25.6 x 1.6 inch


Terry Watts, On Chesil Beach, Painting

Terry Watts

On Chesil Beach, 2016
23.6 x 23.6 x 2 inch


Bethany Harper Williams, Pink Umbrella, Painting

Bethany Harper Williams

Pink Umbrella, 2017
16.1 x 16.1 x 1.6 inch


Lionel le Jeune, Paysage marin breton, Painting

Lionel le Jeune

Paysage marin breton, 2019
13.8 x 9.4 x 0.8 inch


Jean Marie Drouet, Drapeau rouge (diptyque), Painting

Jean Marie Drouet

Drapeau rouge (diptyque), 2019
23.6 x 63 x 1.2 inch


Paule Bernard Roussel, Rauba cap, Painting

Paule Bernard Roussel

Rauba cap, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Carole Malcolm, Shoreline Study 09718, Painting

Carole Malcolm

Shoreline Study 09718, 2018
48 x 48 x 1.6 inch


Jean Duquoc, Ambiance Marine, Painting

Jean Duquoc

Ambiance Marine, 2010
39.4 x 39.4 inch


Philippe Maillebuau, La baie de Somme - série Mer, Painting

Philippe Maillebuau

La baie de Somme - série Mer, 2018
25.6 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch


Nicolas Curmer, La mer, Painting

Nicolas Curmer

La mer, 2015
63 x 128 x 2 inch


Robert Deniau & Claudio, Red umbrellas, Painting

Robert Deniau & Claudio

Red umbrellas, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


Evelyne Barbier, Mambo plage, Painting

Evelyne Barbier

Mambo plage, 2020
20.1 x 24 x 0.8 inch


Jean-Jacques Gendron, Marine rochers, Painting

Jean-Jacques Gendron

Marine rochers, 2017
38.2 x 76.8 x 1.2 inch


Cecco Mariniello, Between the beach and the garden, Painting

Cecco Mariniello

Between the beach and the garden, 2014
27.6 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch


Marie-France Boisvert, L'homme et l'enfant, Painting

Marie-France Boisvert

L'homme et l'enfant, 2020
59.8 x 35.8 x 1.6 inch


Josep Sola, Falaises de Cassis, Painting

Josep Sola

Falaises de Cassis, 2017
19.7 x 51.2 x 1.2 inch


Christiane Simon-Roques, Les baigneuses II, Painting

Christiane Simon-Roques

Les baigneuses II, 2020
19.7 x 39.4 x 1.4 inch


Verène Mettler, Bord de mer, Painting

Verène Mettler

Bord de mer, 1959
11.4 x 22.8 x 0.8 inch


Cloa, Falaises d'Etretat, Painting


Falaises d'Etretat, 2017
24 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch


Chisa, 1re plage privée, Painting


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


Natan Elkanovich, Aerial beach 2 - landscape painting, Painting

Natan Elkanovich

Aerial beach 2 - landscape painting, 2018
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch


Claudia Jowitt, Lako Mai, Painting

Claudia Jowitt

Lako Mai, 2019
18 x 12 x 2 inch


Maria José Ortega, Famille avec parasol, Painting

Maria José Ortega

Famille avec parasol, 2018
25.6 x 31.9 x 1.2 inch


Douglas Stewart, Gulls, Painting

Douglas Stewart

Gulls, 2020
59.8 x 59.8 x 2.4 inch


Mélanie Fain, Bord de mer, Painting

Mélanie Fain

Bord de mer, 1955
9.4 x 11.8 x 0 inch


Garilenos, Hawaï, Painting


Hawaï, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 1 inch


Magdalena Rytel-Skorek, Birds on a beach, Painting

Magdalena Rytel-Skorek

Birds on a beach, 2004
10.6 x 14.2 inch


galerie robert deniau, Empty Beach, Painting

galerie robert deniau

Empty Beach, 2020
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch


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

Carla PM

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


Philippe Roussel, CABANES DE PECHEURS, Painting

Philippe Roussel

11.8 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch


David Porteous-Butler, End of a Day's Boating, Painting

David Porteous-Butler

End of a Day's Boating, 2016
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


Steve McGuinness, Coast, Painting

Steve McGuinness

Coast, 2018
10.2 x 22 x 1.2 inch

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Luca Giovagnoli, Beach Friends, Painting

Luca Giovagnoli

Beach Friends, 2018
39.4 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch


José Batista Marques, Corações Solitários, Painting

José Batista Marques

Corações Solitários, 2015
31.5 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch


Alexandra Battezzati, Les galets colorés, Painting

Alexandra Battezzati

Les galets colorés, 2014
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch


Rikki Kasso, Layers of Light, Painting

Rikki Kasso

Layers of Light, 2019
31.9 x 24 x 0 inch


Kurar, S.O.S, Painting


S.O.S, 2020
38.2 x 57.9 x 1.2 inch


Joanna Woyda, Sea with waves, Painting

Joanna Woyda

Sea with waves, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch


Pierrette Dijonneau, Les cabanes sur la plage, Painting

Pierrette Dijonneau

Les cabanes sur la plage, 2021
6.7 x 8.7 x 0.4 inch


Kimberly Zais, Ocean Waves, Painting

Kimberly Zais

Ocean Waves, 2020
30 x 40 x 2 inch


Kira Ren, Here I stand, Painting

Kira Ren

Here I stand, 2020
35.4 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch


Leslie Merrill, Seaside Seascape, Painting

Leslie Merrill

Seaside Seascape, 2019
36 x 36 x 1.5 inch


Jeanette Olyhoek, Beach at Zoutelande II, Painting

Jeanette Olyhoek

Beach at Zoutelande II, 2019
15.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Jeanette Olyhoek, Beach at Berkheide, Painting

Jeanette Olyhoek

Beach at Berkheide, 2019
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


Jeanette Olyhoek, Beach fun at Katwijk, Painting

Jeanette Olyhoek

Beach fun at Katwijk, 2018
15.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Jeanette Olyhoek, Kite Surfers, Painting

Jeanette Olyhoek

Kite Surfers, 2021
15.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Jeanette Olyhoek, Beach at Katwijk, Painting

Jeanette Olyhoek

Beach at Katwijk, 2019
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch


Jeanette Olyhoek, Beach at Berkheide, Painting

Jeanette Olyhoek

Beach at Berkheide, 2019
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


Jeanette Olyhoek, Beach at Berkheide, Painting

Jeanette Olyhoek

Beach at Berkheide, 2019
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch


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