Children by the sea in art and some words of wisdom

by | Apr 16, 2022 | Maritime Art, Culture and History, Quotable Quotes

Paintings of glorious sunsets at sea, swarthy fishermen, dramatic naval battles, and heart-wrenching shipwrecks may move and inspire the viewer. But there is no marine art more touching and endearing than that which depicts children by the sea. Here are some examples coupled with a few words of wisdom about children.

The first duty towards children is to make them happy. If you have not made them so, you have wronged them. No other good they may get can make up for that.

— Charles Buxton, Notes of Thought (1883)

El pie herido (The wounded foot), 1909
Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (Spanish, 1863–1923)
Courtesy of the The J. Paul Getty Museum

El balandrito (The little sailing Boat), 1009
Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (Spanish, 1863–1923)
Courtesy of Museo Sorolla via Wikimedia Commons
Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International licence.

Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.

— Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds (1916)

Flicka vid kaj (Girl at the quay), no date
August Hagborg (Swedish, 1852–1921)
Courtesy of Bukowskis auction house via Wikimedia Commons

Children on a Sunny Beach, c. 1880
Antonio Mancini (Italian, 1852–1930)
Courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even
in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

Khalil Gibran, The Prophet (1923)

See more artworks depicting children by the sea in

The joy of childhood and the sea celebrated in art

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