Canada has a rich legacy of marine art, a fact which should come as no surprise. Water is virtually everywhere in the second largest country after Russia (see map below). Canada has the world’s longest coastline (243,042 km) and the world’s largest fresh water area (891,163 sq km). The vastness and grandeur of the Canadian landscape have provided artists with a wellspring of inspiration.

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Topographic map of Canada
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Learn more about Canada’s geography here.

Inspired by Canada’s grand landscape

The following is a sampling of Canadian marine art from the early 1900s. For contemporary works, visit the website of the Canadian Society of Marine Artists.

Brackley Beach, 1907
Robert Harris (Canadian, 1849–1919)
Courtesy of WikiArt: Visual Art Encyclopedia

Spring Ice, 1916
Tom Thomson (Canadian, 1877–1917)
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Snake Island, Lake Winnipeg, c. 1925
Walter Joseph Phillips (Canadian, 1884 – 1963)
Courtesy of AGO Collections – eMuseum (Canada)

Le port de Montréal, vers 1927
Adrien Hébert (Canadian, 1890–1967)
Courtesy of Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
Shared by Marine Café Blog for educational purposes

The Fishing Boat, 1934
Fritz Brandter (Canadian, 1896–1969)
Courtesy of Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
Shared by Marine Café Blog for educational purpose

Moonrise, 1909
Clarence Gagnon (Canadian, 1881–1942)
Courtesy of WikiArt: Visual Art Encyclopedia




I wanted to include more artworks in this article. However, I have had to settle for just six as the images take up a lot of space. My daughter and I plan to upgrade Marine Café Blog’s current web hosting account for a bigger space allocation. The upgrade will entail an additional expense on our part. So if you can, please donate a small amount through Buy Me a Coffee. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

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