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About Ocean paintings
Styles of Ocean Paintings For almost as long as art has existed, the ocean has been a significant inspiration. Artists across history and around the world have been drawn to the majesty, power, and extraordinary potential that ocean-themed paintings offer. Ocean paintings have featured particularly prominently in Japanese art. Since the 16th century, waves, the coast, and the sea have been some of the most important and significant aspects of Japanese art. There is an entire genre of Japanese screen painting known as ‘rough seas screens’, and large waves are commonplace themes too. Abstract paintings also often use the ocean as a subject. The shifting colors, glistening reflections, and depth of the sea make it perfect for abstract artworks. Subjects in Ocean Paintings Unsurprisingly, the primary subject matter of ocean paintings is the sea itself. However, this is far from the whole story. From sunsets sinking beyond the horizon to vast, crashing waves, ocean paintings offer an enormous range of subjects from which to choose. Artists use color in subtle and nuanced ways to capture the exact blue of the location they are depicting. The drama of the sea has captured the imagination of artists throughout history, and stormy ocean paintings feature in the work of painters from Abraham Willaerts to Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Ocean water painting isn’t always a direct representation of the subject matter either. Artists like Walter Crane have reimagined the form, featuring horses or other abstract concepts in his paintings of the ocean and the sky. Materials Used in Ocean Paintings Ocean art has been painted in every era of history, throughout every style of recognized art, and using every material it is possible to think of. The nature of the ocean - powerful, changeable, vast - means that there is no limit to the materials that can be used to capture its essence. Dark, dramatic oil paintings of the ocean were favored by artists in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Acrylic ocean paintings tend to be brighter and more realistic, taking advantage of the pigment’s flexibility and color. Unsurprisingly, watercolor painting is a beautiful technique for exploring the ocean on canvas, with transparent washes that perfectly mimic the sea’s look and feel. Famous Artists of Ocean Paintings Some of the most well-known paintings by the greatest artists in history have been their paintings of the sea. The famous ocean painting The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai is generally considered to be the most recognizable piece of Japanese art in the world. Similarly, the ocean seascapes of JMW Turner are some of his best works and arguably what brought him such international acclaim. Other famous artists inspired by the sea include Vija Celmins, Caspar David Friedrich, and Frederic Edwin Church. The painting by Claude Monet that began the Impressionist movement, Impression, Soleil Levant, was a seascape. Finally, Winslow Homer, and J.M.W. Turner are two of the most famous American artists of the 19th century, and are best known for their ocean paintings of the United States.