For ocean going folk, whether for work, sport, for travel or leisure, or for that indescribable love of the largest body of water on our planet, the art on the subject of all things oceanic has the same magnetic allure ascribed to the moon’s pull on this great expanse of nature that graces the earth.
Georges Braque – Boat on a Shore in Brittany, stone lithograph
Georges Braque gets the lighting just right in this moody and painterly stone lithograph Boat on a Shore in Brittany— the dramatic sky, the solo gull and the soft after-storm glow strike such a perfect chord that this sea scene is nearly audible.
Franco Costa – Sail Pool Sweden, 1982, and Keep Our Air Clean, 1987, SIGNED silkscreens
Italian artist Franco Costa is well known for his sailboat racing poster designs, his stylized flat shapes calling an atmosphere of nostalgia and modernism that is timeless. These two silkscreens, Sail Pool Sweden from 1982 and Keep Our Air Clean from the 1987 America’s Cup, both signed, describe the gliding and weightless joy of boat racing.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec – La Passagere du 54 or Salon des Cent, stone lithograph 1966
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, a master poster designer who maintained every ounce of painter’s talent in his brilliant advertisements, conjures that fresh salt sea air and the inspiring, listing sensation of travel by boat. This 1966 Mourlot-printed stone lithograph La Passagere du 54 or Salon des Cent almost lends the feeling of sun and wind on the skin.
... the art on the subject of all things oceanic has the same magnetic allure ascribed to the moon’s pull on this great expanse of nature that graces the earth."
Wayland Moore – Windsurfer, silkscreen 1986
Wayland Moore captures a familiar moment in a sea so tumultuous the horizon disappears below the swell— this 1986 silkscreen Windsurfer highlights the thrill of working a vessel seaworthy enough to manage.
Sparkman & Stephens – Design No. 125 1947 Modified Sail Plan and Design No. 711 Cabin Construction of Bolero, SIGNED silkscreens 1980
And if boats get your blood flowing, then the boatbuilding designs of Sparkman & Stephens must surely be eye candy, displaying the inner workings of how these beautiful constructions are arranged. Design No. 125 1947 Modified Sail Plan and Design No. 711 Cabin Construction of Bolero are both signed silkscreens from 1980.
Georgia O'Keeffe – Brown Sail, offset lithograph 1992
A permeating sense of the sea, by way of the sun, the air, the weather, the openness of space or the magical light is what carries pieces like Georgia O'Keeffe’s Brown Sail or A.M. Cassandre’s travel posters SS Dunkerque-Londres and Normandie— its undeniable grandness a heart-stirring presence.
A.M. Cassandre – SS Dunkerque-Londres, offset lithograph 1998 and Normandie, stone lithograph 1979
In Woman Walking Along the Beach, a 1978 silkscreen by an unknown artist, the blue-hued color palette suggests seaside reflections and the strong breeze practically tears across one’s own clothing, referencing the romantic, sunbleached, daydreamy atmosphere that accompanies life on the beach.
Unknown Artist – Woman Walking Along the Beach, silkscreen 1978
Winslow Homer is modern art’s king of describing the sea, his fine-detail high realism somehow still rich with all the shades of emotion that the sea contains— of drama and tragedy, romance and striking beauty, to fully paint the personalities of such a beast is no small feat. The boat he paints in one of his most famed and iconic works Breezing Up is from none other than Gloucester, the place that inspired The Perfect Storm, and this piece Watching The Breakers reveals no less than his best with its disquieting performance.
Winslow Homer – Breezing Up, offset lithograph
Winslow Homer – Watching The Breakers, offset lithograph 1986
And submerging under the depths can lead to discoveries of the mysterious realms of coral reefs and the colorful sealife inhabiting them. Delicate yet bold, arrangements like this Untitled etching by Richard Royce or The King of the Sea (Elvis), a signed silkscreen by Doug Auld envision the teeming worlds that are in constant motion around us all the time, an enrapturing harmony.
Richard Royce – Untitled, etching Doug Auld – The King of the Sea (Elvis), SIGNED silkscreen