The invisible ones: 7 fantastic paintings of fishermen at sea
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.
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
Fishing cutters in the moonlit night, 1888
Oil on canvas
Carl Locher (Danish, 1851–1915)
Courtesy of Google Cultural Institute