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Ship Paintings to Know!

famous ship paintings

Nautical paintings commemorate the incredible vessels that once sailed the seas, as well as more subdued sailboat paintings. Part of what inspires the adoration of so many art lovers and aficionados, especially in coastal areas, is the contrast between brilliant man-made ships and the unpredictability and dangers of the ocean and Mother Nature herself.


The Storm on the Sea of Galilee (1633) by Rembrandt


The Home Fleet Saluting the State Barge (1650) by Jan van de Cappelle


Nelson’s Inshore Blockading Squadron at Cadiz (1797) by Thomas Buttersworth


Battle of Trafalgar (1805) by Louis Philippe Crepin


A First Rate Man-of-War Driven Onto a Reef of Rocks, Floundering in a Gale (1826) by George Philip Reinagle


The Fighting Temeraire (1839) by J. M. W. Turner


Becalmed off Halfway Rock (1860) by Fitz Hugh Lane


Red Boats, Argenteuil (1875) by Claude Monet


Breezing Up (A Fair Wind) (1876) by Winslow Homer


Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries (1888) by Vincent van Gogh