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Seascape Paintings

Seascape is highly expressive and comes in a variety of forms, from prismatic Impressionist scenes to dark, storm-and-thunder Romantic fare.

The German Romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich painted at the height of moody Romantic expression, which might involve lone figures at the center of the picture with explosions of sea foam, dramatic lighting effects, and swirling clouds in the background.

Joseph Mallord William Turner was another master of the seascape. In paintings such as "Sunrise with Sea Monsters" (c. 1845), Turner reduces the complex lighting effects of a clouded golden sunset sky into simple painterly gestures.

The French Impressionists brought their ocular experiment to the seascape; the play of light in the sky and water was perfect for them. Paul Signac and Claude Monet were exemplars of the Impressionist seascape. Signac, in particular, broke the light into large, at times rectangular brushstrokes that formed solid colors when viewed from a distance.


Quick Facts

  • Monet’s famous seascape painting, "Impression Sunrise," 1872, provided the name for the entire artistic movement
  • Seascape goes Pop: On July 1, 2015, Christie’s London sold Roy Lichtenstein, "Seascape," 1965, for £104,500
  • American painter Winslow Homer was a master of the seascape. Homer’s dramatic seaside pictures have are inspired by, if not always faithful to, the scenery there

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Francois Carbu Oil on Canvas Seascape Painting
Jan 25, 12:00 PM EST
Francois Carbu Oil on Canvas Seascape Painting
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
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André HAMBOURG 1909 - 1999 Temps clair à Trouville - 1953 Huile sur toile
Jan 26, 2:00 PM CET
André HAMBOURG 1909 - 1999 Temps clair à Trouville - 1953 Huile sur toile
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Est: €1,000- €1,500
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HARRY L. LOPP GLACIER PARK MONTANA OIL ON CANVAS
Jan 29, 9:00 AM MST
HARRY L. LOPP GLACIER PARK MONTANA OIL ON CANVAS
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $500- $750
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Isaac Knight Florida Landscape Oil On Canvas
Feb 01, 12:00 PM EST
Isaac Knight Florida Landscape Oil On Canvas
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
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"LAKESIDE LANDSCAPE IN THE MANNER OF COROT", OIL ON CANVAS, SIGNED L. STEPHANO LOWER RIGHT
Feb 02, 6:00 PM AEDT
"LAKESIDE LANDSCAPE IN THE MANNER OF COROT", OIL ON CANVAS, SIGNED L. STEPHANO LOWER RIGHT
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Est: AUD100- AUD200
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FREDERICK KRESS PAINTING BIG SUR CALIFORNIA
Jan 29, 9:00 AM MST
FREDERICK KRESS PAINTING BIG SUR CALIFORNIA
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $150- $250
$354 Bids
Ralph Albert BLAKELOCK: Moonlight - Painting
Jan 28, 10:00 AM EST
Ralph Albert BLAKELOCK: Moonlight - Painting
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,6004 Bids
Frank Virgil Dudley (1868 - 1957) American
Jan 30, 1:00 PM EST
Frank Virgil Dudley (1868 - 1957) American
by Coral Gables Auction
Est: $2,000- $3,000
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Karl Heffner Oil on Canvas Village With Boats
Feb 10, 12:00 PM EST
Karl Heffner Oil on Canvas Village With Boats
by Willow Auction House
Est: $400- $600
$2503 Bids
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FRAMED SYDNEY LONG PRINT
Jan 27, 9:30 AM AEST
FRAMED SYDNEY LONG PRINT
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
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FREDERICK KRESS PAINTING CARMEL CALIFORNIA
Jan 29, 9:00 AM MST
FREDERICK KRESS PAINTING CARMEL CALIFORNIA
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Est: $250- $350
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Joe Jones, Missouri, New York, New Jersey (1909-1963), Fish Camp, circa 1940s, oil on canvas
Jan 29, 10:00 AM CST
Joe Jones, Missouri, New York, New Jersey (1909-1963), Fish Camp, circa 1940s, oil on canvas
by Link Auction Galleries
Est: $3,000- $5,000
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