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The art of isolation in marine art

by | May 20, 2020 | Maritime Art, Culture and History, Society and Culture

Freedom is the possibility of isolation. — Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

While humans by nature have a perpetual need for company, we all need to be alone sometimes. No, not the solitude of quarantine or imprisonment, but the solitariness born out of choice and free will. To be able to step back from the noisy crowd is to be free in the real sense of the word. As the following works of art show, there is something beautiful and almost sublime about this freedom.

Reading by the Shore, circa 1883-85
Charles Sprague Pearce (American, 1851–1914)
Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Hawaiian Fisherman, 1916
Charles W. Bartlett (English, 1860–1940)
Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Fisherman and Reeds, Album-Leaf Painting, 19th century
Unknown Chinese painter
Image source: Brooklyn Museum

Melancholy, 1911
Edvard Munch (Norwegian, 1863–1944)
Image source: Wikiart: Visual Art Encyclopedia

The Red Canoe, 1889
Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910)
Image source: Wikimedia Commons

The seaside in Palavas, 1854
Gustave Courbet (French, 1819–1877)
Image source: Wikimedia Commons

~ Barista Uno

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