The invisible ones: 7 fantastic paintings of fishermen at sea

by | Mar 14, 2022 | Fishermen, Maritime Art, Culture and History

A long dinner table is laden with sumptuous blue marlin, herrings, squids, lobsters, crabs, and prawns. How many of the 20 people seated will spare a thought for those who eke out a living from the sea and have brought them this bounty?

In all likelihood, not a single one. Fishermen are the invisible ones (not the seafarers as the IMO and the maritime unions and charities falsely portray them). Hopefully, the following oil paintings will shine some light on the lives of fishermen, these toilers of the sea who deserve everyone’s gratitude.

The Toilers of the Sea, 1873
Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883)
Courtesy of Google Cultural Institute

Salmon fishing, 1892
Fredrik Kolstø (Norwegian, 1860-1945)
Courtesy of Nasjionalmuseet, Oslo

The Herring Net, 1885
Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910)
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago

Fishing boats by the coast, no date
Lea von Littrow (Austrian, 1860–1914)
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Fishing Boats with Hucksters Bargaining for Fish, 1837/38
Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775-1851)
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago

Herring fishing, no date
Ambroise Louis Garneray (French, 1783–1857)
Courtesy of Philippe Alès
Licence: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Fishing cutters in the moonlit night, 1888
Oil on canvas
Carl Locher (Danish, 1851–1915)
Courtesy of Google Cultural Institute

Check out this heart-warming article:

A legacy of love: Fishermen in Vincent van Gogh’s art

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