The ocean and its marvels have been the subject of many historic paintings throughout human history. Many great artists have portrayed the ocean and, profoundly, how it interacts with mankind. They have captured its many various characteristics, from serenity to violence. Some have depicted it as calm and still, while others have shown the sea as raging and dangerous.
The Great Wave after Katsushika Hokusai
Some famous ocean paintings are The Great Wave by Katsushika Hokusai, The Fighting Temeraire Tugged To Her Last Berth To Be Broken Up by J.M.W. Turner, The Ninth Wave by Ivan Aivazovsky, and Impression, Sunrise by Claude Monet.
JMW Turner in particular was considered to be a master of ocean paintings. Many of his seascapes were produced away from the public eye. With an economy that few artists have been able to match, Turner evoked a coastal landscape that he had created countless times before.
Some of his works were ultra realistic and others were even abstract, painting the ocean in simple and restrained shades of blue while leaving the rest of the canvas spare. Many of his works were unfinished, although a substantial number of these paintings found their way into private collections following his death.
Impression Sunrise by Claude Monet
Cyprus is a small island in the Mediterranean sea. And if you paint your local environment, such as Theo Michael, you can't help to include the sea as a background in your paintings.
Many sunset walks along the beach have inspired Theo as well as the impressive ships that sail along the horizon that can be seen everyday. All of this is featured prominently in his paintings that tell us a story of Cyprus and its daily life, taking us on a visual journey along its impressive and beautiful seascapes.