The tides of romance: A peek at lovers by the sea in art

by | Feb 13, 2023 | Maritime Art, Culture and History

Lovers have always been a popular subject in art. Surprisingly, as far as I can tell, there are not many works of art that depict lovers by the sea. The following are five which are so themed. In each of them, the undying sea serves as a backdrop for the couples in love.

The sweetest joy, the wildest woe is love.

— Philip James Bailey, from Festus (1852)

Praia das Maçãs, c. 1928
Oil on wood
José Malhoa (Portuguese, 1855–1933)
Courtesy of Google Arts & Culture

Étude sur la plage (Beach study), between c. 1875 and c. 1876
Oil on canvas
Eva Gonzalès (French, 1849–1883)
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Two Human Beings. The Lonely Ones, 1899 (printed between 1906 and 1914)
Colour cuts on paper
Edvard Munch (Norwegian, 1863–1944)
Courtesy of Nasjonalmuseet
Photo file license: Creative Commons – Attribution CC-BY

Phrosine and Mélidore, 1797
Scene from the poem by Pierre-Joseph Bernard. Mélidore rescues
his beloved Phrosine from the sea
Etching / engraving
Pierre-Paul Prud’hon (French, 1758–1823)
Courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The Beach at Scheveningen, 1882
Gouache, watercolour and charcoal on paper
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890) 
Courtesy of Sotheby’s New York
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