Buy seascape art direct from artists in the UK. Paintings of the sea are sometimes referred to as maritime art and marine art. This depends on the focus of the composition. Maritime art usually features human interactivity with the sea. For instance, boats and ships, people at the beach, and even sea sports. Marine art focuses predominantly on the sea itself and anything naturally found in the sea. Seascapes are a broad term that encompasses all things relating to the sea. The sea has fascinated artists for centuries. It became a particularly fashionable art subject in the 17th to 19th century. Artists would often depict nautical battles. Global exploration was also advancing at this time. This resulted in many new stories about the sea. These stories provided plenty of inspiration to artists of the era. Artists frequently painted storms at sea and shipwrecks. Ancient literature featuring mythology and the sea also influenced artists. These sources include Homer's 'Odyssey', 8th century BC, and Ovid's 'Metamorphosis', 1st century BC. Scenes from these mystical and epic tales were popular subjects for notable artists from the 17th century, including french artist, Claude Lorraine. The 19th century Romantic artists also explored these stories in their art. For example, J.M.W Turner, Caspar David Friedrich and J.W Waterhouse, all painted seascapes from both the Odyssey and Metamorphosis. If you're looking to buy seascape art from contemporary artists, you'll see there is more focus on the nature of the sea itself. Contemporary seascapes often include coastlines and can be bright, calming and relaxing, or dark, wild and stormy. Leisure is more often represented in modern seascape paintings, such as beach goers, sea sports, fishing boats and harbours.
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