When water becomes art - Eungkyun Kim

Water has always been a subject of works of art. This gallery includes representations of water, such as the sea, lakes, and rivers, in paintings. Each artworks shows different color, movement, and texture, and how those elements affect on the feeling. 

Monk by the Sea by Caspar David Friedrich depicts a monk standing on the empty seashore by an empty sea. The color of the sea in this painting is almost faded dark with little bit of green. There are only few lines that represent waves; movement is hardly seen. Its texture is very soft and smooth and it makes the sea look even more quite. This extremely calm sea with gloomy and moody color gives the feeling of loneliness.
Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh is an oil on canvas painting that depicts the Rhone River with the reflection of artificial lights in it and the stars in the night sky. The river in this painting is simple in color; deep dark blue and yellow are used. With its coarse and scratchy texture, sloshing of water is felt. The placid waves of the river and its color give the feeling of romantic.
Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee by Backhuysen Ludolf depicts a group of men on a small vessel that is about to come crashing down and high waves. The colors used to represent the sea in this painting are dark blue and yellowish white. Yellowish white color represents the water splash realistically. Any texture is not really seen or felt, but its rough lines and pattern adds dynamic movement to this painting. Uneven lines and dim color give the feeling of frustration and anxiety.
The Wave by Pierre-Auguste Renoir depicts the sea churning with energy. Lots of different colors are used in this painting, such as red, blue, yellow, and green. The see is usually represented with cool colors, but the colors mostly used in this painting are warm colors. Looking at the brushstrokes on the surface, it is easy to see where Renoir moved his brush though the thick paint; the movement can be easily seen with its rough texture. This painting makes you feel complicated at a first glance, but it will give the feeling of relief from all stress and worries eventually.
Wave, Kerteminde Bay by Johannes Larsen depicts a wave in the bay off the coast of Kerteminde. Turquoise blue is used to represent overall sea and sky blue is representing the reflection on the sea. Texture of this painting is a little bit scratchy. The curved lines of waves and shadow on the sea add smooth movement. With his choice of bright color and smooth movement gives the feeling of joyfulness and peace.
The Path of Water by Kang Kyung Koo depicts water in a simple way and a human who is swimming. The color used in this painting is mostly purplish blue and some steel blue that represents splashing water. The texture of this painting is so rough that the brushstroke can be felt; its texture and sharp lines of wave add a dynamic movement to the water. The cold color and untamed movement of the water makes it feel callous.
Famous places in the East: the tale of Umewaka and the child seller beside the Sumida river by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi is the woodblock print that depicts the guy and girl dancing by the Sumida river. The colors used to depict the river in this painting are mostly sky blue and shiny yellow. Yellow and white are used well to express the reflection of the sun and it seems realistic. Since this painting is ink and color on the paper, the texture is very soft and smooth. Overall, the river looks extremely flat except the right side of the painting; gentle waves are felt by its shadow and reflection. This calm river makes us feel like we are harmonized with the nature.
Ship in Rough Sea by Alfred Wallis depicts the ship going though the huge waves. He used golden brown to paint the sea. The colors are pretty drab and it is not the color of real sea. The rough waves are expressed well with its scratchy texture and scribbling brushwork. Hopelessness and despair are felt though its somber color.
The Little Sailing Boat by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida depicts a boy sailing a little boat. The splendid water fills the whole canvas. Many colors, such as apricot, white, and blue, are fragmented by the light, reflection, and refraction in the moving surface of the water. Texture of this painting is rough and scratchy. Every single movement of water is felt through its curved and uneven pattern of lines. With its shiny and bright color, it gives the feeling of exciting and joyfulness.
Cassis, Cap Lombard, Opus 196 by Paul Signac depicts the landscape of the coast of southern France. The dabs of varied shades of blue express the shiny and reflective sea. Countless dots representing the sea give the sense of vibration. Its unique brushwork and bright color enhances the evocation of the peaceful summer day.
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