A seascape is a photograph, painting or other work of art that depicts the sea.
They have long been popular with British artists and art lovers, perhaps because we live on an island and are privy to beautiful shorelines.
Seascapes first became popular in the Romantic era as a form of marine art. Whilst many artists were depicting Britain’s maritime power at this time and documenting battles such as the Napoleonic Wars, over the years the sea itself became a popular subject for landscape painters, who went on to make the ‘seascape’ genre available to the public.
One of the most famous British seascape artists was Joseph Turner (1775 – 1851). Often referred to as ‘the painter of light,’ Joseph Turner was known for inventing new artistic techniques to make the skies and clouds in his seascape paintings look radiant and expressive. His seascape paintings were so unique and different from any other artists’ at the time that some people even thought he was insane.
Today seascapes come in various different styles and mediums from impressionist to abstract. They appeal to art lovers of all ages and are not only hung in the home, but places like restaurants, cafes and spas as a way of creating a calm and relaxing atmosphere.