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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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Mihaela Ivanova, Life is a winking light in the darkness, Photography

Mihaela Ivanova

Life is a winking light in the darkness, 2021
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Mónica Castanys, Brisa lleu, Painting

Mónica Castanys

Brisa lleu, 2021
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Valérie Betoulaud, Aviron - bleu vert, Print

Valérie Betoulaud

Aviron - bleu vert, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


José Nicolas, Messe à Saint Briac  Bretagne, Photography

José Nicolas

Messe à Saint Briac Bretagne, 2017
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch


Anastasia Gklava, Shimmer, Painting

Anastasia Gklava

Shimmer, 2021
39.4 x 59.1 x 2 inch


Josep Miquel Paufila, Sea and moon, Painting

Josep Miquel Paufila

Sea and moon, 2021
19.7 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch


Geneviève Baudry, Sans Titre/Untitled, Painting

Geneviève Baudry

Sans Titre/Untitled, 2021
29.5 x 18.5 x 0.4 inch


Natalia Sinkovsky, Sailboats in the ocean, Painting

Natalia Sinkovsky

Sailboats in the ocean, 2019
20.1 x 40.2 x 1 inch


K. Nakata, Island sea, Painting

K. Nakata

Island sea, 1995
23.6 x 19.7 inch


Kaixin Lyu, Falling Tide - Reproduction digigraphie, Print

Kaixin Lyu

Falling Tide - Reproduction digigraphie, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


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


Amey, Sans titre 3.1.5, Painting


Sans titre 3.1.5, 2018
59.1 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Waleria Matelska, Swimmers, Painting

Waleria Matelska

Swimmers, 2021
8.3 x 15.7 inch


Howard Birchmore, Crantok, Newquay, Painting

Howard Birchmore

Crantok, Newquay, 2020
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch


Meskar, Marée basse, Painting


Marée basse, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Rob Buntin, For Lovers of Oysters, Painting

Rob Buntin

For Lovers of Oysters, 2021
47.2 x 47.2 x 2 inch


Valérie Betoulaud, Sur le sable, Painting

Valérie Betoulaud

Sur le sable, 2020
18.9 x 21.7 x 0.4 inch


Valérie Dragacci, L’île mystérieuse, Painting

Valérie Dragacci

L’île mystérieuse, 2021
19.7 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch


Agnieszka Kozien, Island 14, Painting

Agnieszka Kozien

Island 14, 2021
19.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


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

Jacques Renoir

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


Justina Napiorkowska, Jump, Photography

Justina Napiorkowska

Jump, 2017
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Leila Godden, Shoreline, Painting

Leila Godden

Shoreline, 2020
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Elfrid Auvray, Comme les rouges déclinant des lueurs occidentales - série mer et plage, Painting

Elfrid Auvray

Comme les rouges déclinant des lueurs occidentales - série mer et plage, 2018
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Françoise Duprat, Ailleurs, Painting

Françoise Duprat

Ailleurs, 2020
38.2 x 51.2 x 0.8 inch


Lorna Holdencroft-Kirin, Tidal Shift, Fine Art Drawings

Lorna Holdencroft-Kirin

Tidal Shift, 2021
22 x 29.9 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings


Augusto Bastianini, Pêcheur, Painting

Augusto Bastianini

Pêcheur, 1928
23.4 x 17.9 x 0.2 inch


Hilary Dymond, Sans titre (Venise), Painting

Hilary Dymond

Sans titre (Venise), 2012
51.2 x 63 x 1.8 inch


Our recommendations Tommy Schultz, Best wave I, Photography

Tommy Schultz

Best wave I, 2015
19.7 x 29.5 x 0 inch


Patrick Fischer, Marine, Painting

Patrick Fischer

Marine, 2019
11.8 x 11.8 inch

$412 $458

Patrick Fischer, Sérénité, Fine Art Drawings

Patrick Fischer

Sérénité, 2019
15.4 x 11.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings


Nicolaï, Jeux de plage, Painting


Jeux de plage, 2019
19.7 x 28.7 x 2 inch


Sam Dougados, Coral leaf, Photography

Sam Dougados

Coral leaf, 2015
29.5 x 29.5 x 1.2 inch


Ryszard Gieryszewski, Untitled (A border), Print

Ryszard Gieryszewski

Untitled (A border), 1988
19.7 x 13.8 x 0.4 inch


Philippe De Lestrange, Le Port d'Honfleur, Print

Philippe De Lestrange

Le Port d'Honfleur, 1998
18.1 x 21.7 x 0.8 inch


Corinne Vilcaz, Le vent du large, voilier, Painting

Corinne Vilcaz

Le vent du large, voilier, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Our recommendations Thierry Van Vreckem, Samen onderweg, Print

Thierry Van Vreckem

Samen onderweg, 2018
27.6 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch


Marie-Noëlle Deverre, Amour divin, Print

Marie-Noëlle Deverre

Amour divin, 2021
19.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch


Georges Laporte, Île de beauté, Print

Georges Laporte

Île de beauté, 1989
22 x 29.9 inch


Ben Thouard, Sparkling, Photography

Ben Thouard

Sparkling, 2019
23.6 x 35.4 x 0 inch


Sophie Geider, La Plage, Painting

Sophie Geider

La Plage, 2017
45.7 x 35 x 1.2 inch


Antonio de Felipe, Comerse el coco II, Painting

Antonio de Felipe

Comerse el coco II, 2009
45.7 x 35 x 1.6 inch


Arnaldo De Lisio, Râteaux de pêche sur une côte méditerranéenne, Painting

Arnaldo De Lisio

Râteaux de pêche sur une côte méditerranéenne, 1946
15.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Hervé Dez, Étrange Rivage 1, Photography

Hervé Dez

Étrange Rivage 1, 2019
15.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Kamil Lisek, Red Kite, Painting

Kamil Lisek

Red Kite, 2012
55.1 x 31.5 inch


Magdalena Rytel-Skorek, Birds on a beach, Painting

Magdalena Rytel-Skorek

Birds on a beach, 2004
10.6 x 14.2 inch


Marc Tassell, Atlantic, Painting

Marc Tassell

Atlantic, 2017
31.5 x 31.5 inch


Gilberto Perin, Tuneis, Photography

Gilberto Perin

Tuneis, 2012
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Neyb, Amer, Painting


Amer, 2015
36.2 x 28.7 x 1.2 inch


Jean Louis Liberte, Seaside, Painting

Jean Louis Liberte

Seaside, 1940
12 x 21 inch


David Mann, Cudillero, Painting

David Mann

Cudillero, 2017
54.7 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch


Gisèle Vacca, Walking Sun, Painting

Gisèle Vacca

Walking Sun, 2016
47.2 x 31.5 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 Richard Dubure, L'ouverture, Painting

Richard Dubure

L'ouverture, 2015
21.3 x 25.6 x 1.2 inch


Florence V. Henric, Ravissement, Painting

Florence V. Henric

Ravissement, 2021
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic, L'été sans fin II, Photography

Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic

L'été sans fin II, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 0 inch


Our recommendations Catherine Bailey, Bord de mer en hiver, Painting

Catherine Bailey

Bord de mer en hiver, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 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


Our recommendations Bernhard Lang, AV_Adria_023, Photography

Bernhard Lang

AV_Adria_023, 2014
33.1 x 47.2 x 0.2 inch


David Vuillermoz, Enjoy Skiing - Dôme du Gouter, Photography

David Vuillermoz

Enjoy Skiing - Dôme du Gouter, 2015
13.8 x 13.8 x 0.8 inch


César Ordóñez, Koenji. Ashimoto series, Photography

César Ordóñez

Koenji. Ashimoto series, 2007
18.5 x 13.3 inch

$1,051 $1,166

Pierre Lesage, Still alive, Photography

Pierre Lesage

Still alive, 2006
39.4 x 29.5 x 0.8 inch


Dan Bunea, Untitle 01, Painting

Dan Bunea

Untitle 01, 2016
27.6 x 27.6 x 2 inch


Martine Lambour, Mer turquoise, Painting

Martine Lambour

Mer turquoise, 2019
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


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