When the sea inspires the artists

There are some works that give the smell of salt.

The sea could be an untameable beast, a favourable friend but it is the most mystical presence of the artistic world.

It seems to be July, it is very hot, the mood is “Being shipwrecked is sweet in this sea”, many artists interpret it. There are classical sea and submarine scenes, exotic nights, apocalyptic visions. We suggest five works:



The first Impressionist work that gives the name to the great artistic movement. This work gives us the unreal quiet of the sunrise. The sea gives back the double of everything but he remarks that everything is ephemeral, a gust of wind disrupts every real picture.

The wave (Paul Gauguin, 1888)

Powerful, aggressive, indomitable. It is like a God for Gaugin who is also a sailor and he knows the sea very well.

The monk by the sea (Caspar David Friedrich 1809-10)

Horizon and mystical mirror, limit or border, the sea represents a counterpart to the thoughts of the monk but also of everybody. There are: the depth, the inconstancy, the beauty but especially the power.

The great Kanawaga wave (Katsushika Hokusai 1830-1831)

The most famous wave of Oriental art. It is the strongest wave of the art: disruptive, dangerous and harmonious. It dances with the boats in a perfect but dangerous balance, it dances with the spectator, it dances with Fuji Mountain representing its power and its claws. He redefines the human concept: not sublime but scary and reverent.

Sails to the wind (UGO NESPOLO 2017)

Geometric, coloured, in movement. Pop and rich of quotations. It is a contemporary sea, a mix of sacred and profane, useful and useless, deep and glazed. It is a mirror of our contemporary life.