Man Upon the sea

This is a gallery depicting the beautiful yet deadly relationship humankind has had with the sea.  Included are some amazing seascape renders of storms and ships within them, and the calm after the storm. These paintings are all painted with oils on canvas.  These paintings range between the 1700's - and the 1800's.  

Here we have a great image of a storm at sea. As we can see in this image this storm is very strong and has wrecked a ship. In the foreground, we can see the crew making it to shore from a lifeboat. Claude has created some veru nice lines that bring our attention from the storm in the sky, to the lighthouse, then over to the ship, and finishes by bringing our attention to the people on the shore. By using contrasting colors he has helped to bring emphasis to the ship and then to the people on shore. This is a great depiction of humankind vs The Sea.
Here we have another great depiction of humankind fighting the sea. There appear to be two ships that are having a rough time dealing with this storm. Ludolf does a very nice job creating some balance with some light to the right of the image and some darker colors on the left. This helps to create some movement as well. It draws our eyes from the left to the right. This almost gives the feeling like the ships are almost out of the storm, but not quite yet.
Here Fred takes a different approach to creating a storm. Rather than having darker images and large waves, this image has brighter colors. I think that he is using these brighter colors to bring more emphasis to the ship. If we look closely we can see that it appears as though the sea is overtaking the ship. We can also see that Freds use of space also brings more emphasis to the ship. He does this by having the sky appearing like negative space and the ship as positive space.
To contrast the last image, this painting truly shows some men battling a storm. There appears to be at least one ship which is being taken over by the waves. Joseph has painted wave surrounding the ships from all sides, this is drawing attention to the men's struggle with the storm.
This image, painted by Thomas Buttersworth, shows man's loss to the storm. We can see in this image that this ship has been shipwrecked by a storm. We can see that is was a storm by the dark colors in the background and the large waves in the foreground. I like how Thomas has some light shining through the clouds to help our eyes be drawn more to the shipwreck.
I really like this image. This painting shows how humankind can overcome a storm. We can see the clouds in the distance that show the storm has just passed. The large waves hitting the shore also help to suggest that there was just a storm. I like the line that Carl uses with the ships and the shoreline to draw attention from the foreground to the background.
Now, this image may not be a storm, but a strong breeze can be just as dangerous. We can see that the wind is blowing the sails of the two ships closest to the foreground and it looks like trouble. We can also see that the wind looks like it is making the ships go in different directions making it hard to control. I like how Van uses different color values to create some contrast. This helps to bring our eyes from the foreground to the background.
This is another painting that I just love. Jacobs use of darkness really shows how dangerous and almost evil a storm at sea can really be. With the line he created using the lighter color in the middle ground he has separated the ship in the distance with the one that is docked.
To finish this gallery off we have this beautiful piece. Here, Jan has painted several ships dealing with a strong breeze. In the foreground, Jan has painted a lifeboat filled with people to help show the struggle that this strong breeze has created. I especially like the shape he has created with the clouds in the background, it helps give some direction to the clouds and show the movement and power of the wind.
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