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This year has not been the best of times, but neither has it been the worst. The 1918 Spanish flu pandemic killed more than 50 million people worldwide compared with the 1.76 million-plus who have died so far from COVID-19. Still, many may find little to be glad about 2020, except perhaps the billionaires, some of whom have become even richer because of the pandemic. I hope the following works of art will give readers of Marine Café Blog a measure of optimism and a sense of renewal as they welcome the new year.

A Greater Morning
oil on canvas, c. 1900–1905
Arthur B. Davies (American, 1862–1928)
Courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Sunrise (Marine)
oil on canvas, 1872 or 1873
Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926)
Courtesy of The J. Paul Getty Museum

Out of the shadows of night,
The world rolls into light;
It is daybreak everywhere.

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, from ‘The Bells of San Blas’

Morning at Grand Manan
oil on canvas, 1878
Alfred Thompson Bricher (American, 1837–1908)
Courtesy of

Morning by the Sea
oil on canvas, 1849
Ivan Aivazovsky (Russian, 1817–900)
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Dawn Over Bay of Algiers
watercolour on paper, 1928
Violet Oakley (American, 1874–1961)
Courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Mine is the sunlight,
Mine is the morning,
Born of the one light
Eden saw play;
Praise with elation,
Praise every morning,
God’s re-creation
Of the new day.

~ Eleanor Farjeon, from ‘Morning Has Broken’

Tuna Fishing at Sunrise off the Coast near Marseilles
watercolour with ink and graphite on paper, 1860s
Félix Ziem (French, 1821–1911)
Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Sunrise on New Year’s Day at the Musashiya Restaurant in Susaki (Susaki hatsu hinode, Musashiya), from the series “Famous Restaurants of Edo (Edo komei kaitei zukushi)”
woodblock print, c. 1838/40
Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858)
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago

So here hath been dawning
Another blue Day:
Think wilt thou let it
Slip useless away.

Out of Eternity
This new Day is born;
Into Eternity,
At night, will return.

~ Thomas Carlyle, from ‘Today’

~ Barista Uno

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