Paintings about the sea: seascapes, maritime or nautical painting, marine art, coastal scenes.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Repetition and Rhythm
Horold Harvey, 1874-1941, Waiting on the Tide
Hendrik Willem Mesdag, 1831-1915, German, Pinks in the Breakers
Both these works exploit the visually stimulating rhythms produced by the repetition of an element, in this case the masts of fishing boats. The more irregular the arrangement of the repeated elements, the more visually energetic and aesthetically satisfying. The lines vary in length, thickness, angle and spacing. By avoiding outward-leaning masts at the edges of the composition, which would tend to lead the eye out of the image, these painters prevent the visual energy from dissipating.
These two works use a limited palette of greys enlivened here and there with a hint of red.
English painter Harold Harvey grew up in Cornwall and studied art under Norman Garstin, and then in Paris at the Académie Julian under Constant and Laurens; after his time abroad he moved back to Cornwall where he followed the style of Newlyn Artists; the artist is best known for his seaside paintings.
To paint the sea, you must love it, and to love it, you must know the sea. - Frederick Judd Waugh
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If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry