Sunrise at sea: Splendid art to greet the New Year

by | Dec 30, 2022 | Maritime Art, Culture and History

It is customary in many countries to usher in the new year with fireworks. The Chinese believe that they drive away evil spirits. Others simply love the sound and spectacle of the pyrotechnics. In lieu of all that, I’d like to share some paintings of sunrise at sea to welcome 2023. I hope that each one will give off good vibes to the readers of Marine Café Blog. Happy New Year!

And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been…

Rainer Maria Rilke, from letter to Clara Rilke, 18 January 1907

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

Morning on the bay, 1853
Oil on canvas
Ivan Ayvazovsky (Russian, 1817–1900)
Courtesy of

Constantinople, Hagia Sophia at sunrise, between 1870 and 1890
Oil on canvas
Félix Ziem (French, 1821–1911)
Courtesy of Musées de la ville de Paris

Ocean Sunrise, 1880s
Pastel on brown paperboard
John Appleton Brown (American, 1844–1902)
Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Courtesy of Harvard Art Museums

Tranquil Sunrise, no date
Oil on canvas
Warren Sheppard (American, 1858–1937)
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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