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Photography Sea

Majestic and tyrannical, the sea has never ceased to fascinate artists. Untameable, this force of nature seems to have a life of its own and has inspired many artists. Since antiquity, the sea has been represented in all its glory, century after century it is honoured through various styles and colours. However, this desire to escape to the great outdoors is certainly not only reserved for 21st century painters

Maritime art began at the same time as history painting - in the 15th century, and they share many common traits. Maritime painting mostly depicts scenes of combat, historical incidents and mythology where people play a crucial role. It wasn't until the 17th century that artists stopped depicting people in their seascapes and focused solely on the representation of the landscape itself instead.

In the Middle Ages, shipwrecks and storms terrorised citizens as they interpreted them as signs of God's wrath. he church even used images of the rough sea to hold power over its believers.

Representations in classical painting were strictly governed by academic rules, and often didn't manage to convey true emotion. Maritime scenes joined the mainstream in the 19th century, especially with the arrival of the Romantic period as emotions played a much greater role in marine painting. The two great masters of the period were J.M.W Turner and Caspar David Friedrich who captured the attention of their contemporaries and whose works continue to mesmerise us today.

For the impressionists, the sea was a sublimation of nature. During the 19th century, artists come out of their studios in order to paint and describe nature as they saw  and feel it. By the end of the 19th century, the sea was no longer a simple, blue expanse but rather an eruption of emotions illuminated through painting.

Contemporary art offers a new insight into creation. Today, the technique is overrun by the message and intention of the work. Therefore, we find all varieties of sea illustrations where the sea becomes an image of contemporary creation. Even though the sea is sometimes reinvented, it remains true to reality.

The new generation of contemporary artists create works that depict freshness, escape, lost coves, waves, and that salty seaside air. Discover our selection inspired by ocean waters.

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Judy Cheng, Surfer Perth, Photography

Judy Cheng

Surfer Perth, 2021
44 x 44 x 2 inch

5,000 - $ 10,000

Jacques Renoir, Dentelles de vagues - n° I/VI, Photography

Jacques Renoir

Dentelles de vagues - n° I/VI, 2016
22.8 x 15.2 inch


Sam Dougados, Coral leaf, Photography

Sam Dougados

Coral leaf, 2015
29.5 x 29.5 x 1.2 inch


Slim Aarons, A Nice Spot For Lunch, Photography

Slim Aarons

A Nice Spot For Lunch, 1957
29.9 x 29.9 inch


Ben Thouard, Au vol, Photography

Ben Thouard

Au vol, 2019
31.5 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch


Thierry Van Vreckem, Knokke dreams I, Photography

Thierry Van Vreckem

Knokke dreams I, 2015
39.4 x 55.1 x 0.8 inch


Our recommendations Tommy Schultz, Best wave I, Photography

Tommy Schultz

Best wave I, 2015
19.7 x 29.5 inch


Cheryl Maeder, Far Away IX, Photography

Cheryl Maeder

Far Away IX, 2010
47.2 x 31.5 inch


Daniele Sigalot, Self portrait on the gulf on Naples, Photography

Daniele Sigalot

Self portrait on the gulf on Naples, 2019
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Emre, Hercule Surf, Photography


Hercule Surf, 2017
33.5 x 47.2 inch


Gilberto Perin, Tuneis, Photography

Gilberto Perin

Tuneis, 2012
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Bernhard Lang, AV_Miami_15, Photography

Bernhard Lang

AV_Miami_15, 2015
47.2 x 33.5 x 0.8 inch


Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic, Horizon bleu, Photography

Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic

Horizon bleu, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 0 inch


Jeremiah Klein, Diamond Mine, Photography

Jeremiah Klein

Diamond Mine, 2014
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Larissa Sansour, Haifa 1, Photography

Larissa Sansour

Haifa 1, 2018
11.8 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch


Michael Townsend, Doho, Photography

Michael Townsend

Doho, 2017
47.2 x 31.5 inch


Mehran Naghshbandi, Echoes of Light, Photography

Mehran Naghshbandi

Echoes of Light, 2017
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Myles McGuinness, Sunkissed cross step, Photography

Myles McGuinness

Sunkissed cross step, 2016
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Mauricio Velez, Half Angels Half Demons #88, Photography

Mauricio Velez

Half Angels Half Demons #88, 2014
24 x 36 inch


Bernard Plossu, Sans titre 1, Photography

Bernard Plossu

Sans titre 1, 1988
5.1 x 7.1 inch


Adrien Ballanger, Hot Perfection, Photography

Adrien Ballanger

Hot Perfection, 2016
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Jessica Houston, The Left Hand Points Toward Home, Photography

Jessica Houston

The Left Hand Points Toward Home, 2015
22 x 33 inch


Andre Teixeira, Boy with kite, Photography

Andre Teixeira

Boy with kite, 2015
16.5 x 23.4 x 0.8 inch


Hégémon (Hedge), Corsaires #2 - Calme, Photography

Hégémon (Hedge)

Corsaires #2 - Calme, 2008
19.7 x 27.6 x 2 inch


Justina Napiorkowska, Beach, Photography

Justina Napiorkowska

Beach, 2019
11.8 x 11.8 inch


Elodie et Nicolas, Jaquemus (1), Photography

Elodie et Nicolas

Jaquemus (1), 2018
17.7 x 11.8 inch


Ann O'Brien, Behind the dock, Photography

Ann O'Brien

Behind the dock, 2017
26 x 35.4 inch


Joseph Ó Riagáin, Distant Skies #1, Photography

Joseph Ó Riagáin

Distant Skies #1, 2020
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch


Julian Hibbard, Memory Index 1, Photography

Julian Hibbard

Memory Index 1, 2018
35.4 x 35.4 inch


Thomas Lodin, Far Enough from Home, Anthony Harouet, Photography

Thomas Lodin

Far Enough from Home, Anthony Harouet, 2015
31.5 x 47.2 inch


Patrick Braoudé, Bord de mer, Photography

Patrick Braoudé

Bord de mer, 2017
5.1 x 5.1 inch


Claudio Garrudo, Trinus 1606, Photography

Claudio Garrudo

Trinus 1606, 2018
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch


Stuart Christian Möller, Blue, Photography

Stuart Christian Möller

Blue, 2017
15.7 x 29.9 inch


Tony Ellwood, In No Time #18, Photography

Tony Ellwood

In No Time #18, 2012
29.9 x 39.8 inch


Jaider Lozano, Surfing, Photography

Jaider Lozano

Surfing, 2011
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Chien Hua Huang, Transcoder - The Secret about Curves, Photography

Chien Hua Huang

Transcoder - The Secret about Curves, 2016
15.7 x 29.5 x 1.6 inch


Lisa Toboz, Blinding (The Dwell), Photography

Lisa Toboz

Blinding (The Dwell), 2016
7.9 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Arnault Joubin, Paysages Irlandais 27, Photography

Arnault Joubin

Paysages Irlandais 27, 2014
25.2 x 35.4 inch


Alain Le Garsmeur, Antongil Bay, Photography

Alain Le Garsmeur

Antongil Bay, 1980
29.9 x 39.8 inch


SHEILA PAZOS, Qué pasa ahí afuera? I, Photography


Qué pasa ahí afuera? I, 2009
51.2 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch


Lionel Perret, A l'horizon, Photography

Lionel Perret

A l'horizon, 2012
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch


Mathieu Hémon, La Retraite, Photography

Mathieu Hémon

La Retraite, 2017
35.4 x 23.6 inch


Sylvia Lockhart, Reflection, Photography

Sylvia Lockhart

Reflection, 2018
18 x 24 x 2 inch


Guillaume Ledoux, Surf Lesson, Photography

Guillaume Ledoux

Surf Lesson, 2017
20.3 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Dimitri Mellos, El Malecon, Havana, Cuba, Photography

Dimitri Mellos

El Malecon, Havana, Cuba, 2008
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Mark MacKinnon, Polka Dots, Photography

Mark MacKinnon

Polka Dots, 2015
40.2 x 40.2 x 1.2 inch


Cristian Corradin, Scène de plage, Photography

Cristian Corradin

Scène de plage, 2011
31.5 x 47.2 inch


Paolo Giordano, Cut, Photography

Paolo Giordano

Cut, 2017
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Pierre Carreau, Aqua Viva #2209, Photography

Pierre Carreau

Aqua Viva #2209, 2014
26 x 39.4 inch


Michael Serfaty, 3 vis à la coque, Photography

Michael Serfaty

3 vis à la coque, 2013
35.4 x 23.6 inch


Anthony Liège, Poste d'observation, Photography

Anthony Liège

Poste d'observation, 2014
35.4 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Yoann Segalen, D-landes, Photography

Yoann Segalen

D-landes, 2007
11.8 x 17.7 inch


Marcio Menasce, Fisherman, Photography

Marcio Menasce

Fisherman, 2017
16.5 x 23.4 x 0.8 inch


Joan Pla, Lac Léman, Photography

Joan Pla

Lac Léman, 2012
23.6 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch


Riccardo Bandiera, Watching The World Pass us by #03, Photography

Riccardo Bandiera

Watching The World Pass us by #03, 2018
5.5 x 8.3 inch


Kino Perier, La mer, Photography

Kino Perier

La mer, 2018
9.4 x 11.8 x 0 inch


P van Bolderick, Venice Beach Purple Sea, Photography

P van Bolderick

Venice Beach Purple Sea, 2018
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Sylvain Coulaud, Rocher Zen, Photography

Sylvain Coulaud

Rocher Zen, 2013
23.6 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch


Mirei, Life Buoy, Photography


Life Buoy, 2009
7.9 x 10.6 inch


Didier de Radiguès, Inspire, Photography

Didier de Radiguès

Inspire, 2018
43.3 x 43.3 x 0.3 inch


Frédérique Bouet, Tracer l'horizon 4, Photography

Frédérique Bouet

Tracer l'horizon 4, 2013
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch


Chris Grundy, Elements of Indo, Photography

Chris Grundy

Elements of Indo, 2017
23.6 x 35.4 inch


Steve Fitzpatrick, Gas Chambers, Photography

Steve Fitzpatrick

Gas Chambers, 2006
35.4 x 23.6 inch


Julien Monteiro, Sans titre nº1, Photography

Julien Monteiro

Sans titre nº1, 2016
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.1 inch


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